Swans veteran Luke Parker may need to showcase his form in the VFL this weekend as the club deliberates on his senior return.

After an eight-week absence with a fractured arm, Parker participated in full training on Wednesday. However, his immediate return to the AFL lineup remains uncertain, prompting discussions within the Swans camp about the most prudent path for his reintroduction.

Luke Parker in action. (Photo: Joshua Davis)

Coach John Longmire indicated that a final decision would hinge on his performance in training and readiness for top-flight competition, but avoided answering whether he'll play forward or in the midfield.

"We haven't made the decision whether he actually plays or not... he's got to get through training and do some contested work," Longmire told reporters on Wednesday.

"He's done some of that last week and he needs to ramp that up this week.

"Then it's a matter of if he gets the all clear, whether he plays at VFL or AFL level because he's missed a lot of footy.

"The first step is how he goes at training and how he feels himself, speak to the doctors and see how the week progresses.

"It's important for him to be there for the season, not just one game."

While Parker's potential return undoubtedly bolsters Sydney's lineup, Longmire acknowledges the team's midfield depth, allowing for a cautious approach in Parker's rehabilitation process.

Amidst the speculation surrounding Parker's return, the Swans are set to celebrate the milestone achievements of James Rowbottom and Oli Florent, two players who exemplify the depth in Sydney's midfield rotation.

Rowbottom, the number one tackler of 2024 so far and renowned pressure player, will mark his 100th game milestone.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: James Rowbottom of the Swans celebrates a goal during the 2024 AFL Round 01 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 15, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Florent is poised to reach the significant milestone of 100 consecutive games - a testament to his durability and unwavering commitment to the team.

The Swans prepare to face Hawthorn this Sunday at the MCG with the intention of moving to 6-1 on the season and entrenching their early season spot in the top four.

The Hawks, fresh off their first win of the season, will look to challenge Sydney's midfield depth with the newfound form of their own centre brigade which welcomes back young star Will Day.