GOLD Coast is prepared to rest David Swallow for up to a quarter of the season to prolong his career, reasoning he is incapable of self-preservation.
Swallow played a starring role in the Suns' 25-point victory over Geelong at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.
The former No. 1 draft pick played just five games in Suns coach Rodney Eade's first two years at the club.
Eade's life has certainly become a lot easier since Swallow's return, with the Suns having won three of the five games he has appeared in and neither of the two he has missed.
"David Swallow is really vital to us in the way he attacks the footy," Eade said.
"He knows no other way.
"His leadership is borne out in the way he goes about it, apart from his professionalism, and his attack on the footy - he leads by example."
Eade said he knew exactly what he would get from the contested footy beast but revealed he was prepared to sit him out periodically to ensure his longevity.
"Everyone told me (how good he is) and I have seen a lot of tape of him and I see the way he trains," he said.
"I don't think he has got back to his best yet and that is going to take a bit of time and we will give him a rest every now and then to manage him because he hasn't played for such a long period of time."
Swallow gathered 23 possessions against the Cats, of which 20 were contested.
He also won 10 clearances and kicked a great goal.
Eade said if he had one wish it was that he would occasionally sit outside the contest and let someone else do the grunt work.
"Yeah, we all talk about having a balance in your game and outside players also need to try to get a bit more contested ball," he said.
"It would be nice for David to be able to do that, but he is just a warrior, he knows no other way.
"But if he could do that it would add to his game."
The most noticeable point of the potentially season-altering win was the performances of the team leaders.
Rodney Eade describes David Swallow as a warrior. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images
Tom Lynch's workrate was enormous, Swallow was a battering ram and Steven May in his return from a two-week hamstring injury shut down Tom Hawkins and became a springboard for the Suns' offence with 26 disposals.
Former captain Gary Ablett sent out an injury scare when he went off favouring his right shoulder in the second term.
It was the opposite arm to the one that was reconstructed in 2014.
He returned after receiving treatment and had a big night against his former club with 32 touches and a brilliant goal.
The Suns confirmed there was no injury concern and he was not in doubt for the trip to China to face Port Adelaide.
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