Shattered McGlynn ruled out
Daniel Hannebery consoles Ben McGlynn after the qualifying final. Picture: AFL Media

Sydney small forward Ben McGlynn has been ruled out of Saturday's AFL grand final due to his hamstring injury.

McGlynn did not take part in the Swans' main SCG training session this afternoon, having failed a sprint test in the morning.

A Swans official confirmed McGlynn would not play against former club Hawthorn in the premiership decider.

The 27-year-old was a notable absentee when the Swans took to the field for training in front of a crowd of about 2000.

McGlynn had been a mainstay of John Longmire's team prior to his setback and was battling the clock to not only prove fitness but show he was a calculated selection risk worth taking.

In the end, he was able to do neither and followed in the path of hamstrung Hawk veteran Brent Guerra, who ruled himself out of the grand final on Monday.

It is a cruel twist of fate for McGlynn, who played only three games for Hawthorn in their 2008 premiership season and left the club after their 2009 campaign.

He was in tears after straining his hamstring in the Swans' qualifying final win over Adelaide.

“Since the initial disappointment after the qualifying final against the Crows, Benny has been extremely positive about his recovery,” Longmire said a day after Hawk veteran Brent Guerra also ruled himself out of the grand final with a hamstring injury.

“He has been in at the club at every available opportunity and I’m positive there is nothing more he could have done to make himself available to play.

“Ben has played a big role in getting us to Saturday’s match and everyone at the club is disappointed he can’t play.”

Swans physiotherapist Matt Cameron said: “He did a sprint test before training and whilst he sprinted once, when he sprinted again he had some discomfort so really he failed that test in order to train.

“Not being able to train today and Thursday means he is unfortunately out of this game.”

McGlynn’s confirmed non-selection has at least saved Longmire a major headache.

The second-year coach will no longer have to contemplate who he could drop from the side that comfortably downed Collingwood in last Friday’s preliminary final.

As predicted by Longmire on Monday, Ted Richards (ankle) was among a number of senior players who didn’t complete the full session today.

Richards, who looked in all sorts of trouble in the first quarter of the ANZ Stadium clash with the Magpies, looked fine today and is expected to take on the Hawks.

The West Australian

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