Swan's flying ... Luke Parker celebrates a goal. PhAAoto: AAP Image/Dean Lewins.
Swan's flying ... Luke Parker celebrates a goal. PhAAoto: AAP Image/Dean Lewins.

Missing Swans finals campaign driving Parker in 2016

Luke Parker says missing out on the final few games of Sydney's 2015 season has made him come out firing this campaign.

Parker has been outstanding in the first four rounds, averaging 31 disposals a game, outshining teammates Dan Hannebery and Josh Kennedy.

He is also leading the AFL Coaches' Association MVP award voting.

The 23-year-old (pictured) missed the last five games of last year after breaking his ankle against Collingwood in round 20.

"Missing the most important time of the year in the finals last year (was tough), you want to be out there playing with the boys, it's the best part of the year," he said. "To miss that really drove me to just get back and start playing.

"I'm grateful that the medical team have helped me with the leg getting back to 100% and being able to play full games from the get go."

The Swans take on the West Coast this Saturday afternoon at the SCG.

Sydney will be looking to bounce back after a first defeat of the season to Adelaide in a thriller.

The Eagles look like getting back onballer Matt Priddis for the trip east, the 2014 Brownlow medallist missing last week's win over Richmond with a groin problem.


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