Sydney's Grundy relishing on-field reunion with Adams

Sydney ruckman Brodie Grundy is relishing his looming reunion with Taylor Adams when the "contested animal" makes his debut for the Swans.

Adams will return from a knee injury and appear in Swans colours with Grundy in Saturday's Gather Round clash against West Coast in Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills.

Grundy and Adams formed an at-times dominant partnership when both were at Collingwood, and the ruckman is keen for a rapid reprise.

Sydney training in Adelaide ahead of their Gather Round clash with West Coast.

"We haven't connected on-field for a while now, 12 months or so, longer," Grundy told reporters on Friday.

"But yeah, obviously we have some history there and played some good footy together.

"I'm looking forward to having him in the midfield, for sure.

"He has been waiting a little while now,  he's super-excited.

"He has played over 200 games and what he brings to our midfield, that experienced head, he's a contested animal who loves to compete.

"I'm sure the Swans fans are going to enjoy what he has to bring tomorrow."

Adams has overcome a knee injury, while Harry Cunningham returns from concussion suffered in a Peter Wright blow that earnt the Essendon forward a four-game ban.

The duo replace hamstring victim Dane Rampe and the axed Corey Warner.

Brodie Grundy, Steele Sidebottom and Taylor Adams.
Brodie Grundy (L) and Taylor Adams (R) during training in their Collingwood days.

West Coast, who have kicked just 143 points in three games this season, dropped Jermaine Jones and lost the injured Tyler Brockman, while summoning novices Josh Rotham and Loch Rawlinson.

Sydney were upset last week by Richmond, suffering their first loss of the season to slip to fifth on the ladder.

And in an ominous sign to the winless Eagles, Grundy forecast a physical response from his Swans.

"We probably let ourselves down there in terms of our team defence (last week)," he said.

"So we'll be trying to bring that for four quarters this week, very physical."

Grundy will again carry the Swan rucks - he's averaging 26.5 hit-outs, 18 disposals and 5.5 clearances over his initial four games with Sydney.

"It has been probably more than what I signed up for, I have been really enjoying it so far," he said of moving from Melbourne in the off-season.

"It has been a breath of fresh air, it has been a new take on life and footy.

"I'm only a month into that journey, but so far really enjoying it.

"I played a lot of my time at senior level in that number one (ruck) role and shouldering that responsibility, and that is something that I definitely relish."

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