Sydney Swans


Bob Murphy unsure where Gary Rohan is best suited to playing

Western Bulldogs champion Bob Murphy isn’t sure what position Sydney speedster Gary Rohan truly excels in.

Rohan registered just six disposals in last week’s loss to Richmond and is averaging just 8.5 touches in the 11 games he has played this season.

The 27-year-old has been plagued by inconsistency and injuries since making his debut for the Swans in 2010, and Murphy has suggested a positional change to half-back to utilise his pace that could unlock his undoubted potential.

“We’ve seen a big body of work now. He feels like an ‘it’ll probably be this week’ kind of player,” he told SEN Afternoons.

“If he does go, he’ll explode. But I watched him last week and he played as a loose man behind the ball at times and he looked lost.

“I’m not sure what his position is.

“My eyes are drawn to him when he plays and he’s so quick and he’s a good size.

“But he doesn’t get much of the ball, I don’t think he’s got a great feel for the game of where to run those little nuances that we talked about.

“I would put him at half-back on someone, and then when he gets the chance to go, to be that running defender.

“Because of Dane Rampe and Heath Grundy, I cannot underestimate how importitant i t is to have two experienced key defenders down there to be able to move him around and to learn off those guys.”

Rohan has been ruled out of tonight’s match against the Cats with hamstring tightness.

Listen to Bob Murphy’s chat on SEN Afternoons with Andy Maher in the player below