Aliir worth selection: Kennelly
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Sydney can justify selecting a fit Aliir Aliir to face the Bulldogs but, if the young defender fails to get up, not Ted Richards, says Tadhg Kennelly.
The 22-year-old Aliir suffered a knee injury in the preliminary final and is battling to recover in time for Saturday's AFL grand final.
Richards, 33 and with retirement mere days away, has played only two games in the second half of the season and would be the like-for-like replacement.
Kennelly, however, says Aliir now offers much more than the ageing Richards.
"I think the problem with Teddy's selection is the Dogs have a small forward line," the Swans premiership defender told SportsFan's Will McCloy.
"If it was the Giants and Aliir Aliir didn't play, Teddy's a certainty. But now if Aliir doesn't get up, I don't think Teddy is because of the match-ups that are down there.
"Aliir Aliir was fantastic on the weekend, that first quarter – intercept marks, he's coming across and spoiling. He's going to be a huge loss for the team because he can play on smalls and he can play on big guys.
"That's the ability to match up on different opponents where he'll be surely missed."
Kennelly believes Sydney will select captain Jarrad McVeigh, who sat out the win over Geelong with a calf injury.
"He'll benefit from the week off. You can also play through a torn calf, so come a grand final he'll just go through it," he said.
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