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Sydney Swans

Sydney Swans News

Monday, 23 March 2015
Lance Franklin is ranked by his fellow players as the fourth best in the AFL.
Sunday, 22 March 2015
Swans football manager Tom Harley says Lance Franklin will be available for round one after recovering from a head clash with teammate Gary Rohan.

"He flew back with the team, he's had a good night's sleep, and it is a pretty heavy concussion but he'll be fine," Harley said.

"(He has) no facial injuries whatsoever."

Saturday, 21 March 2015
Lance Franklin is taken to hospital by ambulance after being stretchered off StarTrack Oval in the opening minutes of the Swans' NAB Challenge match against GWS.

Franklin was knocked out after a sickening head clash with teammate Gary Rohan and barely moved before medical staff arrived.

Franklin woke up while being tended to and tried to get up, but doctors insisted on using a stretcher.

Television showed a dazed-looking Franklin walking in the Swans' rooms at quarter-time.

Later, he was seen walking unassisted into an ambulance for further assessment at Canberra Hospital.

"As a precaution he has been taken to Canberra Hospital before the team flies back to Sydney this evening. He is not expected to have suffered any serious damage," Swans general manager of football Tom Harley said.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Tadhg Kennelly adds another accolade to his long list of achievements after being inducted into the Sydney Swans' Hall of Fame.
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Adam Goodes says he feels better than last year and has benefited from a second bout of stem cell treatment.

"Last year there were a few little issues with the knee, but I definitely feel a lot stronger and confident in it and there's no doubt that helps me a move a little bit better across the ground," Goodes said.

"I'm three kilos lighter than what I was last year as well, so that definitely helps with the load on my knees."

Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Lance Franklin is confident he is in for another good year after completing his first uninterrupted pre-season with the Sydney Swans.

"This year I've been able to get out there a bit more than last year," Franklin said.

"It's a long season, there's plenty of ups and downs, but I'm going in with full confidence my body is going to hold up and hold me in good stead."

Friday, 6 March 2015
Isaac Heeney tallies 14 disposals in his NAB Challenge debut against the Brisbane Lions, and was one of the Swans' few shining lights in their 36-point loss at Coffs Harbour.

"It's really pleasing to see he can handle himself at the level," Swans assistant coach John Blakey said.

"I thought he was quite solid today. He was on limited time, but I thought he was quite solid and showed he's going to be a good player for us."

Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Karmichael Hunt has been fined $2,500 after pleading guilty to four counts of possessing cocaine.

Hunt, 28, pleaded guilty to four charges of possessing cocaine at Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday after purchasing a total of 12.5 grams of the drug on four occasions from September 1 to October 3.

The Australian Rugby Union and the Queensland Reds, Hunt's new club, added a $30,000 fine and a six-week suspension to his punishment.

He was also stripped of the club's vice-captaincy and ordered to undertake a drug rehabilitation program.

Hunt was originally charged with supplying cocaine before the charges were downgraded.
Hunt bought the drugs from alleged trafficking syndicate kingpin John Touma, a former professional rugby league player from the 1980s.

On two occasions Hunt bought 3.5g of cocaine from Touma, with alleged syndicate member and former North Sydney and Wests Tigers NRL player Matt Seers acting as a middle man for the third and fourth deals.

Police prosecutor Kirsty Johnson told the court the deals had occurred at a pizza store in Mermaid Beach and the Crowne Plaza hotel in Surfers Paradise.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Kurt Tippett will not play in the NAB Challenge after suffering a lower leg injury in the Swans' intra-club match.

"Kurt has had an outstanding pre-season so we don't expect this setback to significantly impact his readiness for round one," Swans football manager Tom Harley said.

"He is likely to sit out our three NAB Challenge matches but at this stage remains on track for round one."

Monday, 2 March 2015
Jarrad McVeigh and Kieren Jack will co-captain the Sydney Swans again in 2015.

"It's a huge honour, and something I treasure along with Kieren as well," McVeigh said.

"To be able to lead a very good football team every week is a dream come true for me."

Friday, 20 February 2015
Swans coach John Longmire says Tom Mitchell is set for a big season in 2015 after a strong pre-season.

"It's the first time since [Tom] has been at the club that he's had a full pre-season," Longmire said.

"It gives him the best chance to hopefully have an injury free season, and his best season on the ground. His best is very good."

Lloyd Perris has undergone another round of surgery on his troublesome left knee and will be sidelined for 10 weeks after a training mishap last week.

Perris damaged meniscus cartilage on the knee he had LARS Surgery on halfway through last year.

"Lloyd hurt his knee slightly before Christmas and thought it was OK, but he tweaked it a little bit last week," Sydney coach John Longmire said.

"He went and had it operated on today and it was a successful operation."

Longmire, however, said the 20-year-old was well equipped to rebound from the disappointment.

"He's clearly disappointed that he's had to go and have another operation, but he's a pretty resilient kid," Longmire said.

"He's determined and he attacks his rehab with enormous vigour and effort, and he knows he gives it his best.

"He knows what's in front of him and I'm sure he'll do a good job when he gets himself back.

"Having it done now means he's still got the majority of the season to perform."

Sydney has closely monitored prized youngster Isaac Heeney due to knee tendinitis over the pre-season.

Swans coach John Longmire says he is confident the 18-year-old would be able to show his ability after gradually increasing his program.

"He's been building up to the point now where he's playing games, and he's doing really well," Longmire said.

"There's been a fair bit talked about him I guess, and he's certainly been used to push different arguments over the journey.

"But he's just one of our 44 players now, and we've got to make sure we develop him as we do others."

Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Jake Lloyd re-signs with Sydney for a further two seasons.

"Hopefully I can continue to repay the faith that they (the Swans) have shown in me by playing good football going forward," Lloyd said.

Swans football manager Tom Harley said the club was pleased Lloyd had signed on for two years.

"This time last year, Jake was one of the young players who really stepped up from the rookie list and was able to go on and have a big impact at senior level," Harley said.

"Over the off-season, he has been upgraded to the senior list and we hope he can take another step up in 2015."

Sunday, 15 February 2015
Gary Rohan says his right leg is finally pain-free nearly three years after it was severely broken in a collision with North Melbourne's Lindsay Thomas.

"This year I haven't had any problems with it which is good," he said.

"I'm over the leg now, it's in the past and now I'm looking forward to this year."

Friday, 13 February 2015
Isaac Heeney's mother feels "blessed" her son was part of the Sydney Swans' controversial academy, and his dad says there is no way the gun midfielder would be playing AFL otherwise.

Amid the maelstrom of debate that has engulfed their son, Adam and Rochelle Heeney say they have nothing but praise for the Swans, who have trained Isaac since he joined the academy as a 12-year-old.

"They've been fantastic," Rochelle said.

"They've never wanted thanks; they've just been really supportive of Isaac and us.

"They took him to Sydney to finish his schooling. It's made the transition to the Swans after the draft just like a little step in.

"He knows all the blokes, so it's just been easier for him."
Monday, 9 February 2015
Lance Franklin is a 50-50 chance to play in the Indigenous All Stars clash against West Coast later this month as he manages his troublesome right knee.

Franklin, who is on a modified training program eight weeks out from the Swans' season-opener, is still on track to play in the first NAB Challenge game, against the Brisbane Lions on March 6.

"This year, it was a modified program for the first couple of weeks and it's still a little bit modified, but I've been able to get out there and get amongst the boys and train," Franklin said.

Friday, 6 February 2015
Going into his second season as a Swan, Lance Franklin says becoming more at ease with his new club and having a productive pre-season can only help his football in 2015.

"I've been able to get out there and get amongst the boys and train," Franklin said.

"That's the most important thing for me, to be able to get through the sessions and be out there and get that connection with our midfielders and forwards.

"Being more settled and more comfortable, knowing your surroundings and your way around the football club, that can definitely make you play better football."

Lance Franklin says a full summer training alongside Swans teammate Kurt Tippett has given the feared duo a better understanding of how each other plays.

"I think we've both got that connection where we know where each other is and hopefully that can progress and get better and better and better," Franklin said.

"I think it's a bright future for us."

Tippett says he concurs with Franklin's assessment of training together.

"It's fantastic to train alongside one of the premier players this pre-season, and I'm really enjoying learning off 'Bud'," Tippett said.

"You just need to watch the way he goes about it and the energy he brings, then you sit down with him and he's always happy to have a chat about his experiences.

"I think we'll continue to build our relationship, and to see him have a full pre-season … it's going to be wild to watch him this year."

Thursday, 5 February 2015
Kurt Tippett says he is ready to banish the "patchy" football that has marked his two years with the Sydney Swans.

"I want to build that consistency into my game," Tippett said.

"Last year was a little bit disrupted for me with some knee issues, but I'm looking to finish off the pre-season really well with about six weeks to go.

"Completing a full pre-season just gives you the confidence to be able to go out there and hopefully play every game."

Thursday, 29 January 2015
Luckless Alex Johnson is ruled out for 2015, his third consecutive year.

Johnson has not played since the 2012 Grand Final and is set to undergo a bone graft operation in March to prepare him for his next knee reconstruction.

"It's beyond the point of frustration because it's been going on so long," Johnson told The Daily Telegraph.

"It is what it is. There's no point in getting frustrated about it because it's not going to help you.

"I've tried to maintain a positive outlook and I've got my sights on making my return one day. I'm not sure when it will be, but that's in my sights and is what keeps me going every day."

Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Adam Goodes denies that not winning the premiership with the Swans in 2014 was his motivation for playing on in 2015.

"If we had won the premiership I definitely think I would have liked to play again," Goodes said.

"It's something that I've been able to taste twice before and I've now had defeats in two others."

Ted Richards says Swans teammate Tom Mitchell is set for a big year in 2015.

"Someone I've noticed who's really pushing themselves and I think will have a big year is Tommy Mitchell," Richards told 3AW radio.

"I think Tommy was pretty frustrated with his year last year and a lot of it was due to injuries and not being able to get on the park as much as he wanted, but Tommy's a guy I think will be very important for us this year."

Saturday, 10 January 2015
Isaac Heeney says he wouldn't be playing AFL if it weren't for the Sydney Swans' controversial academy.

The prodigiously talented midfielder was rated among the top handful of players in last year's NAB AFL Draft, but under the academy system the Swans secured Heeney with their first pick, No.18 overall.

"If it wasn't for the academy I would be nowhere near where I am today; I'd be playing a different sport," Heeney said.

"It's been huge … having those quality coaches around – coaches like Jared Crouch and Josh Francou.

"(Talent identification and operations manager Chris Smith) has been massive as well, and also Paul Roos a few years ago, so the quality there's been incredible and it's got me up to the standard I am today."

Sunday, 14 December 2014
Retired premiership Swan Marty Mattner will move into a role within Sydney's development department while Jared Crouch will become the head of development.
Monday, 8 December 2014
Sydney Swans recruit Isaac Heeney will wear the number previously worn by his hero Ryan O'Keefe in 2015.

"It's amazing – it's always been my dream number to wear," Heeney said.

"Ryan O'Keefe was always my favourite player, so to have that number is an absolute honour and I'll do my best to have a career like his.

"Even if I could achieve just half of what he did in his career, I'd be absolutely stoked."

Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Sydney select Sean McLaren with pick No.17 in the 2014 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

"Sean is a key defender at 198cm and is a really competitive player. He's been part of the AIS-AFL Academy … the really top-end part of the program," Sydney football manager Tom Harley said.

"He's spent a bit of time in the ruck also, so has some versatility and is really servicing a need in both our key defensive stocks and in our ruck stocks."

Sydney select Lewis Melican with pick No.52 in the 2014 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

"He's a terrific prospect. He's young in the draft age but is really task-focused and is a good size at 193cm and a key defender," Sydney football manager Tom Harley said.

"We really liked the way Lewis progressed this year and he's got a lot of upside going forward."

Sydney select Jordan Foote with pick No.76 in the 2014 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

"We went in with the four picks and we had committed to QBE Sydney Swans Academy player Jordan Foote with our fourth pick in the rookie draft, which is great and is another success story for the academy and for football in Sydney," Sydney football manager Tom Harley said.

"He's an inside-mid and he's really professional with the way he prepares his body to get himself up to play, so we're really hopeful that he's going to have a long career with the Swans."

Sunday, 30 November 2014
Sydney select Isaac Heeney from the Swans Academy with pick No.18 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft.

"He's your typical midfielder, he's a good size, he's hard at it, he works hard, he uses the ball well in traffic and he's good overhead, so to get Isaac at pick 18, we're very happy about that," Swans general manager of football Tom Harley said.

Sydney select Jack Hiscox from the Swans Academy with pick No.37 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft.

"He's an elite runner and we know he'll be able to work all over the ground," Swans general manager of football Tom Harley said.

"He's got a good frame he'll grow into and he can play a variety of positions. When you look at the big grounds … if we can forecast forward, we'd love to see Jack tearing up and down the wing at the MCG."

Sydney select Abaina Davis from the Swans Academy with pick No.70 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft.

"Abe's a key position player who's impressed our coaching staff with his aerobic capacity when the going gets tough," Swans general manager of football Tom Harley said.

"He's a good size and can play either centre-half back or centre-half forward – that'll be up to John (Longmire) and the coaching staff."

Sydney select James Rose from Sturt with pick No.70 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft.

"He played a lot of footy for Sturt reserves this year," Swans general manager of football Tom Harley said.

"James plays predominantly as a hard-working half-forward. We really like his intensity and scope for improvement.

"We think we've got a really good, versatile player that can play a number of roles."

Thursday, 27 November 2014
Essendon snares highly rated midfielder Jayden Laverde with its second pick in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft after the versatile player slipped down the first-round pecking order.

Essendon list manager Adrian Dodoro says the club is happy to have landed both Laverde as well as Kyle Langford in the draft with their 20th and 17th pick respectively.

"We were pleasantly surprised that Jayden was available," Dodoro said.

"We took a little bit of a punt. We probably went into the draft wanting Kyle Langford. We wanted to bank him because we have a very high opinion of the young man.

"We knew there was one pick between our pick 17 and 20 because Isaac Heeney was already at the Swans. So we took a gamble and this time it paid off.

"We got two boys at about 190cm that can play in a variety of positions and are really exciting players."

Sunday, 23 November 2014
Tom Mitchell says dealing with injuries in 2014 was a frustrating experience.

"I suppose the main factor [the Swans coaches] wanted me to work on was my fitness, but it was kind of hard to work on since I had injuries. I couldn't run at times and couldn't really do training, and it's hard to get fit obviously when you can't train," he said.

"So that was very frustrating and added to the frustration of the whole year."

Mitchell says his body is sound going into this year's pre-season.

"I'm rapt to be injury-free and am really looking forward to getting a lot of training under my belt," Mitchell said.

"I feel pretty fit and the medical staff and the coaching staff are reasonably happy with the shape I've returned in.

"I'm just hoping to get fitter each session, so I can get as fit as I can before the games start and hopefully cement a spot next season."

Sunday, 16 November 2014
Greater Western Sydney list manager Stephen Silvagni will quit the club after next week's NAB AFL Draft.

"Stephen has helped build a very talented playing list to give this club every chance of success over the coming years," the Giants' general manager of football Graeme Allan said.

"This month's draft will be his fourth and he has decided this is now a good time to move on. We thank him for the important contribution he has made to help establish the Giants and wish him and his family all the very best."

Saturday, 8 November 2014
About a month ago, Isaac Heeney officially joined the Sydney Swans as an academy player. It had been a long time in the making.

Heeney joined the Sydney Swans academy as a 12-year-old in Newcastle, where he grew up around soccer and rugby league clubs.

Recognising him as a future talent, at the end of last year the Swans relocated Heeney closer to the club in Sydney, where he spent this season with a host family.

As debate raged through the year about the academy system and the priority access afforded to the northern-based clubs, Heeney simply went about his business to produce an excellent season.

The midfielder was awarded the Harrison Medal as the best player in division two of the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, and continued in the same vein of form for the Sydney Swans' NEAFL side.

Sunday, 2 November 2014
Peter Wright looks to be one of the most intriguing prospects as the 2014 NAB AFL Draft edges closer, with many predicting the tall talent could drift deeper into the first round.

Touted as a possible No.1 pick for much of the season, only weeks from the draft the 203cm forward/ruckman is considered a possibility to be still available at pick No.10 – and perhaps later.

Greater Western Sydney (who hold picks four, six and seven) is seen as the most likely home for Wright if he is drafted inside the first group of picks.
Friday, 31 October 2014
Tim Membrey officially joins St Kilda as a delisted free agent.

"I'm delighted to have a player of Tim's calibre join the club," St Kilda coach Alan Richardson said.

"While it is still very early in Tim's football journey he has the potential to play a significant role in the forward line, developing into the midfield as he builds endurance.

"His kicking and marking, as well as his aggressive attack on the footy are real strengths."

Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Ryan O'Keefe joins Adelaide as an assistant coach and will serve as the club's development coach while also assisting the midfield.

"Ryan is a quality person who comes from a successful environment," Adelaide coach Phillip Walsh said.

"His leadership and knowledge gleaned from an outstanding playing career at Sydney will be invaluable."

The Western Bulldogs have used their compensation for trading Adam Cooney to Essendon to swoop on Swans rookie Shane Biggs just minutes before the NAB AFL Trade Period deadline.

The Dogs traded pick No.37 – received from Essendon for Brownlow medallist Cooney earlier on Thursday – to the Swans for Biggs and pick No.39.

"To be able to manoeuvre some picks around today was a good result and Shane Biggs comes in, who's a player that's been at the Swans for three years now (in) a really good, strong football program and we think he'll add to our team," Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney said.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Stuart Dew's manager Justin Reid confirms that his client is happy to remain in Sydney and will not apply for the Suns or Dogs vacant senior coaching positions.
Sunday, 12 October 2014
Nick Malceski is confident of playing finals in 2015 and ultimately winning a premiership with his new Gold Coast teammates.

"The club is looking to make finals next year and I believe in the list we've got and the talent we've got that we can make finals next year and really push in the next couple of years for a premiership," Malceski said about the Suns.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014
The Swans will receive a second-round compensation pick for the loss of unrestricted free agent Nick Malceski to Gold Coast.

Sydney say they are disappointed with Malceski's decision but understand his reasons for leaving.

"We put a really good offer to Nick but unfortunately he's been offered a deal too good to refuse," Sydney football manager Dean Moore said.

"While obviously disappointed to lose someone of Nick's calibre, who arguably had his best season this year finishing with All Australian selection, we understand his reasons for accepting the Suns' offer.

"We thank Nick for his contribution to the club and he will always be remembered for his outstanding 2012 Grand Final and the role he played at the club over the past 12 seasons."

Monday, 6 October 2014
Gold Coast pulls off a recruiting coup, luring Sydney Swans defender Nick Malceski as an unrestricted free agent.

Malceski 30, has signed a three-year deal with the Suns after completing the best season of his career, playing all of the Swans' 25 games and earning his first All Australian selection.

"I am sad to have to leave Sydney," Malceski said.

"It has been great to me and I owe the club so much. I came to the club as an 18-year-old and have become the person I am today because of this place and its people and culture.

"But this was too good an opportunity to miss both for my family and me personally. At Sydney I was surrounded by a depth of great leaders and at the Suns it is all new and young. I am looking forward to helping them build a sustainable and successful team."

Sunday, 5 October 2014
Swans forward Tim Membrey has requested a trade to St Kilda.

"[The Saints] had a lot of interest during the year and we were in discussions a fair bit – they had people up to watch him a number of times," Membrey's manager Matt Bain said.

"They always had the really strong interest out of all the clubs. There was interest from a fair few, but they were the ones going pretty hard at him.

"When he met them, everything sort of all lined up.

"Sydney has said they won't really stand in his way too much. He's a brilliant kid so they're happy to facilitate a trade for him."

Friday, 3 October 2014
Luke Parker caps off a stunning season by taking out Sydney's best and fairest award for 2014.

Parker polled in all bar three games across the season to finish on 758 votes, well clear of Kennedy (709) and Franklin (688).

"Luke is a wonderful competitor and to win a club champion award at 21 years of age, after just 82 games' experience, is a great achievement," Swans coach John Longmire said.

"When you look at the players behind him – Kennedy and Franklin – you quickly get an understanding of how good a season he has had and how highly we think of him as a player.

"Luke was taken as quite a late draft pick, but he really is testament to where hard work can get you, and we value that highly."

Adam Goodes has confirmed he will continue his career with the Sydney Swans in 2015.

"I love playing football and I enjoyed 2014 as much as I enjoyed my first year," Goodes said.

"Certainly the view from mid-year, and the club has been very supportive, was if my body could hold up to it, then there was no reason why I wouldn't continue on.

"My body feels as good as it has for some time and the fire is still burning, so I can't wait to get stuck into 2015."

Despite attracting interest from at least four clubs, Nick Malceski is still a chance to stay with the Sydney Swans according to his manager Ben Niall.

"They're certainly interested in his services and we're talking to a number of clubs, including Sydney, but they're certainly in the mix," Niall said.

"He doesn't want to leave, he's not disgruntled, it's a great football club and he's very settled in Sydney.

"We are hopeful the Sydney Swans are able to get close enough to what his alternatives are that he's able to stay."

Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Tommy Walsh has left the Sydney Swans and will return home to Ireland.

Recruited from St Kilda at the end of the 2011 season, Walsh only managed a total of five games across three seasons.

He made his debut in 2012 and played two matches in 2013 before his season was cut short due to a serious hamstring injury.

"To be able to experience professional sport in two great cities with two great clubs, I've met a lot of great people and I'll have friends for the rest of my life over here," Walsh said.

"I'm not sure when, but I'm looking forward to coming back over here already for a holiday a few years down the line and catching up with everyone again."

Senior listed players Jordan Lockyer and Matthew Dick have been delisted by the Swans after neither managed to play a senior game.
Monday, 29 September 2014
Carlton has moved to distance itself from making any approach to Sydney Swan Tom Mitchell.

"I've said to Tom's management and also the Sydney Swans over the last couple of weeks that we won't be approaching Tom to get his services," Carlton football operations manager Andrew McKay said.

"The only way we would is if he told Sydney that he wanted to come back to Melbourne to play football. We won't be actively seeking to pull him out of the Sydney Swans."

Saturday, 27 September 2014
Following Sydney's Grand Final loss to Hawthorn, Adam Goodes says he is unsure about whether to play on in 2015.

"Right now I feel disappointment from today," Goodes said.

"I'll see if there is a burning desire to get me back for the pre-season. I've got time on my side to make a decision."

Josh Gibson says the joy of winning the 2014 Grand Final with the Hawks against the Swans has been tempered by seeing former teammate Lance Franklin's pain.

"There's always going to be emotion - he's a good mate," Gibson said.

"I've been on the side of losing a Grand Final and it's not a great feeling and he'll be going through that.

"I'll give him space and when it's all said and done we'll catch up and hang out like normal.

"He's got a lot of close friends here, but that's footy, isn't it? We're all mates, but when you cross the white line you're enemies."

Sydney Swans co-captain Jarrad McVeigh expresses his dismay in his team's poor showing following theeir 63-point Grand Final loss to Hawthorn.

"It's as bad a performance as we've had all year, and on the biggest stage it's really, really disappointing," McVeigh said.

"Not many guys won their position, I wouldn't have thought, and (the Hawks) were just too good.

"They showed us how to be hard on the big stage and we didn't cope with it."

Thursday, 25 September 2014
As he prepares to play Hawthorn in the 2014 Grand Final, Rhyce Shaw admits he was pessimistic about his footballing future after rupturing the ACL in his right knee in last year's round 22 clash with Geelong.

"When you're that age, you think 'Is it all over? Have I done the knee really badly'," Shaw said.

"But I was lucky enough that it was pretty clean and the rehab was fantastic and I got back and played some alright footy.

"The footy club has had a really good run this year, we've worked really hard and we're back in the 'big dance'.

"I'm just glad to be in the side."

Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Former Swan Jude Bolton has rejected comparisons between himself and rising star Luke Parker, rating the younger man a much better footballer.

"He's far and away a better footballer than me," Bolton said.

"He's got enormous talent.

"I don't think I ever took an overhead mark to be honest - he was sitting on (ruckman Mike) Pyke's head last week.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Ryan O'Keefe has officially called time on his career, retiring after 286 games and two premierships with the Sydney Swans.

O'Keefe and fellow Swans retiree Lewis Roberts-Thomson will be now be part of Saturday's Grand Final motorcade at the MCG.

"It's fitting that two great premiership players of our club will be sent off with a lap of honour at the MCG on Grand Final day," Swans coach John Longmire said.

"Both Ryan and Lewis are life members of the Swans and were part of the 2005 and 2012 premiership success.

"Swans fans have had their chance to thank Ryan and Lewis and this is another opportunity for all football fans to thank two absolute warriors who always saved their best for September."

Monday, 22 September 2014
Mike Pyke signs a two-year contract extension to remain with the Swans despite Sydney losing the Cost of Living Allowance.

"Sometimes it takes time. I think losing COLA threw a big spanner in the works, so that changed a lot of things in terms of planning for the club," Pyke said.

"That was the biggest element, things got stalled because of that."

The family of Swans midfielder Josh Kennedy is once again dealing with divided loyalties as the Swans get ready to take on Hawthorn in a Grand Final.

Kennedy's father and grandfather, John jnr and John snr, were part of seven premierships with the Hawks during their playing and coaching careers.

Having already watched Josh lead the Swans to victory over Hawthorn in the 2012 decider, they are now preparing to watch him try to help deny the Hawks another flag on Saturday.

"Josh made his decision and that was the right decision for him, and I thought Hawthorn did the right thing by him, particularly Alastair Clarkson," John Kennedy snr said.

"I have no grizzles or growls (about it).

"Sentimentally, I'd like to see Josh running around in the Hawthorn guernsey, but there's no sentiment in League football."

Sunday, 21 September 2014
Sydney coach John Longmire plays down the hype of Lance Franklin facing his old Hawthorn teammates in the 2014 Grand Final.

"We understand he's playing his old team and we understand the focus on him from outside the footy club," Longmire said.

"But inside the footy club, when he comes to work, we talk about our team defence, about every player playing their role and playing to the best of their ability.

"Outside the footy club will take care of itself, but when he comes to training and comes to all the meetings, he's just one of the playing group and it's important we maintain that focus."

Saturday, 20 September 2014
Lance Franklin will face his former Hawthorn teammates as a Swan in the 2014 Grand Final.

Franklin will go into the Grand Final in top form having kicked five goals in the Swans' preliminary final against North Melbourne.

Hawthorn forward Jarryd Roughead says the Hawks will have an edge in containing Franklin having learnt his game whilst training with him in the past.

"We know because he played with us here he's able to get that many shots on goal," Roughead said.

"I dare say the defence will look at him close this week and the boys have been good on him before.

"The blokes that play on him will know a few tricks ... they've played on him enough out here [at training]."

After missing out on playing in the 2008 and 2012 premierships with the Hawks and Swans, Ben McGlynn will get another chance this year as Sydney prepares for the 2014 Grand Final.

"2012 was obviously disappointing and it's been my driving force over the last couple of years and it's great to get the opportunity to play in a Grand Final," McGlynn said.

"There hasn't been a day where 2012 hasn't come across my mind. I've had to battle with that, but this game gives you plenty.

"The joys are great and I'm going to enjoy this week."

Thursday, 18 September 2014
Carlton has confirmed its interest in Sydney Swans midfielder Tom Mitchell and revealed it has spoken to Mitchell's family.

Mitchell - whose father, Barry, played for the Swans, Blues and Collingwood – has struggled to break into the Swans' powerful line-up this season.

The 21-year-old, who has battled injuries this year but dominated in the NEAFL when fit, has played just six senior matches.

"I think certainly the Mitchell family understands that we would be interested if Tom did decide to leave," Carlton football operations manager Andrew McKay said.

"We're not actively trying to pull him out of Sydney by any stretch of the imagination, but Tom's obviously a very, very good player in a very, very good club so he's in and out of the team quite often.

"We haven't been active, but certainly the Mitchells understand our stance there."

Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Nick Malceski is expected to take his place in the Sydney Swans' line-up for Friday night's preliminary final against North Melbourne at ANZ Stadium.

Malceski strained his hamstring in the first quarter of the Swans' qualifying final victory over Fremantle less than two weeks ago.

But coach John Longmire said on Thursday the running defender, who was named All Australian for the first time this week, had ticked all the boxes in his bid to take on the Kangaroos.

"He ran really hard on Monday and he did all the training yesterday and he's pulled up well today, so at this stage we'd expect to name him," Longmire told reporters.

"He feels good and we'd expect him to play."

Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Adam Goodes says he doesn't mind being booed by opposition fans, the level of which has reached new heights in 2014.

"Sometimes it's a mark of respect, that the opposition fans don't want you to play well, and every time you get the football," Goodes said.

"It doesn't bother me to be honest.

"It's one of those things where if I pay too much attention to what the crowd's doing, then I'm not really playing my role on the field."

Goodes will play in his 350th match this week in the Swans' preliminary final against North Melbourne, becoming just the 14th player to do so.

Off-contract next month, Goodes says he is yet to decide whether he will continue in 2015.

"The enthusiasm is still there, the desire is still there to suit up and play at this level, and I still think I've got a lot to offer at this level as well," Goodes said.

"What happens in the next couple of weeks will play itself out and it's just a really exciting week for the football club and me personally."

Monday, 15 September 2014
Adelaide has spoken to Sydney Swans veteran Ryan O'Keefe about joining its coaching panel as the club looks to bolster its football department ahead of the 2015 season.

"Yes, we can confirm we have met with him," a Crows spokesman said.

"We have long said we need to bolster our football department, and we are meeting with many people across the AFL."

Thursday, 11 September 2014
Alex Johnson needs a fourth knee reconstruction after persistent infection forced the removal of his latest LARS graft this week.

The 22-year-old had the artificial ligament put into his knee in July this year but has been plagued by infection since.

He had his first reconstruction in early 2013, followed by two LARS procedures. All were affected by the infection, which has led to the removal of the latest graft.

Johnson has not played an AFL match for Sydney since the 2012 Grand Final.

"It is obviously very frustrating but I have no choice but to attack the situation with a positive attitude," Johnson said.

"It has been a difficult couple of years but I love football and while I understand the challenge ahead, I am determined to get back out playing."
Dane Rampe has established himself as a key member of the Swans' defence and says he still pinches himself at how his career is unfolding.

"Every day I drive to training, just five minutes down the road, I still have to take a deep breath every now and then and just realise how lucky I am," Rampe said.

"'Goodesy' (Adam Goodes) is still going around and seeing LRT (Lewis Roberts-Thomson) and Ryan O'Keefe in the changerooms, it's incredible.

"I can't believe it."

Sydney coach John Longmire says Rampe has been invaluable to the Swans.

"To have that flexibility in a player that can play on the talls and smalls in your back six is really important and he's able to do that," Longmire said.

"He's got genuine speed, he's genuinely hard and can play in a number of different positions.

"He's a really flexible player and has been really consistent, particularly over the last month."

Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Swans coach John Longmire praises youngster Harry Cunningham who has played every game for the Swans so far in 2014.

"Harry's a young kid off our rookie list, has played every game and is playing some important roles," Longmire said.

"Whether he's kicking goals off half-forward, he's played wing, he's played inside mid, he's played down back and on the weekend he had a run-with role with Stephen Hill, who's one of the best players in the competition.

"We've got the faith, and the players have enormous faith in his ability, to be able to carry out his role every week.

"He's a superb athlete, so disciplined, and he gives us enormous flexibility."

Monday, 8 September 2014
Josh Kennedy says he is unsure if Nick Malceski will leave the Swans at the end of the season.

"I think he's put it off until the end of the year because he doesn't want to be distracted by it and I think that's completely fair enough," Kennedy said.

"We've got two or three weeks now where everyone needs to lock down and all be on the same page at the moment.

"He's doing that and whatever happens after that, who knows?"

Sunday, 7 September 2014
Nick Malceski is cleared of major hamstring damage and expected to play in Sydney's preliminary final.

"He's good, his hamstring's fine, he's got a bit of minor swelling there and nothing major at all," Sydney coach John Longmire said.

"He feels really good and at this stage he's looking to run next Monday, train next Wednesday and be available to play next week.

"It's worked out really well to have the weekend off and him not play this week and prepare as best he can to be available for selection next week."

Saturday, 6 September 2014
Star Swan Nick Malceski is subbed out of Sydney's qualifying final at quarter-time with a hamstring injury.

"He's felt it before a bit and we thought he'd be right and keep him going, but he was a bit sore still so we subbed him out," Sydney coach John Longmire said.

"We'll see how he goes during the week. You don't know whether it's just tight or … you just don't know.

"I'm sure a few people will write what they want about it, but until you get a scan, we don't know."

Thursday, 4 September 2014
The Swans have shown their faith in Xavier Richards, re-committing to the young defender for the next two seasons as a senior-listed player.

Richards, the younger brother of Swans premiership full-back Ted, has played just one AFL game in his two seasons on the Swans' rookie list, coming on briefly as the Swans' substitute in round 14 against Carlton last year.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014
After a season blighted by injury, Tom Mitchell says he's grateful to have had an opportunity back in the Sydney Swans' senior team at the business end of the year.

"I was just happy to get the opportunity against Richmond and I'm grateful for every chance I get," Mitchell said.

"I'm just hoping to play my role for the team each week and that's my main aim.

"The body feels good, I got through the game unscathed, I've pulled up well and now I'm just getting stuck into training again this week."

Monday, 1 September 2014
Kieren Jack says he'd be delighted to again cop a Ryan Crowley tag when the Swans take on the Dockers in their qualifying final at ANZ Stadium.

"Oh yeah, (I'll take) any chance to go at him and try to beat him," Jack said.

"He's a niggly sort of player and he tries to get under your skin a fair bit, like a few of their players, but you can't be distracted by it and can't let it get yourself off your own game."

Adam Goodes engages in banter with cricketing great Shane Warne via social media.

Warne took to Twitter to question Goodes' supposed habit of diving to win free kicks and also expressed his surprise that the dual Brownlow medallist had been named Australian of the Year.

"Does everyone get annoyed when Adam Goodes always "stages" for free kicks?" Warne tweeted.

"I just found out Goodes was Aust of the year, wow ! Who votes for that?" Warne continued.

"Thanks for your support mate maybe ask @gilly381 who votes for it he is the chair of the Australia Day Council," Goodes replied.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Ryan O'Keefe will do a lap of honour to farewell Swans fans during Sydney's final regular season clash against Richmond at the SCG this week, but says he still has more to offer at AFL level.

"The fire is in the belly and I love playing," O'Keefe said.

"But what will happen will happen. I'm not too concerned about that.

"I just want to thank everyone after being here at the Swans for such a long time and how it has shaped me and moulded me."

Sunday, 24 August 2014
Lance Franklin has expressed his disappointment after he and Adam Goodes were the subject of racist comments from a member of the crowd during the Sydney Swans' win over the Western Bulldogs.

Neither player heard the comments during the game at Etihad Stadium, but Victoria Police have confirmed a Bulldogs supporter was removed from the ground for racially vilifying the two Swans.

"It's disappointing that it's still happening in the community and especially at football games," Franklin said.

"It's obviously very good that the crowd has come forward and spoken up.

"I think it's just something that needs to be cut out of the game and the more we can teach people not to be racist, the better for the game."

Monday, 18 August 2014
Jake Lloyd earns the round 21 rising star nomination after gathering 21 disposals and kicking 2 goals in the Swans' 71-point win over St Kilda.

"It's every kid's dream to play AFL football. I was always told to bide my time and play consistent football and if I was able to do that I would get an opportunity," Lloyd said.

"The individual accolades are something that I'm pretty proud about but I'm just grateful for the opportunity I was given early in the year to be able to win this award."

Saturday, 16 August 2014
Lance Franklin kicks nine goals in the Swans' 71-point victory over St Kilda.
Friday, 15 August 2014
Josh Kennedy is substituted out of the Swans' game against St Kilda after sustaining a hamstring injury.

"He just had some hamstring tightness," Longmire said.

"He didn't feel it go, but it felt tight at the back end of the first quarter.

"He went out at the start of the second and tried to get it going and was still a bit tight in his hamstring, so we subbed him off.

Ryan O'Keefe plays his final match at the SCG as a Swan in the reserves and expresses disappointment that the club hasn't approached him about a farewell game in the seniors.

O'Keefe was given a guard of honour as he left the SCG following the Swans reserves' victory over Greater Western Sydney on Saturday.

"It would have been nice, but I suppose it's a fairly ruthless business and the guys have got momentum going," O'Keefe said about not being given the opportunity to play a farewell game.

"It would be nice, but the season's not over yet."

Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Lewis Roberts-Thomson announces his immediate retirement from the game.

After his 2013 season was all but wiped out by a serious knee injury, Roberts-Thomson has played just five games this season, spending the past six weeks in the NEAFL.

"'Lewie' has been an outstanding competitor for a long period of time," Sydney coach John Longmire said.

"One of his great assets has been his ability and willingness to adapt to any role he has been given.

"There is not a position on the ground that Lewie hasn't played in over the course of his career."

"LRT has been a fan favourite – perhaps even a cult figure – and I'm sure all our fans are thankful for his wonderful contribution to this club."

Monday, 11 August 2014
Lance Franklin will play his 200th game this weekend and says goalkicking is still one area of his game he is working on.

"I've definitely trained a lot harder on my goalkicking and my percentage has gone up a little bit this season," Franklin said.

"But in big games I've got to be able to kick the goals and against Hawthorn I wasn't able to do that, which I was a little bit disappointed in.

"That's one area I've got to keep working on."

Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Rhyce Shaw says he has been too busy trying to overcome a spate of recent injuries to spend much time worrying about his future with the Sydney Swans beyond 2014.

"The last couple of years, obviously being injured, all I've wanted to do is just play footy and take every week as it comes," Shaw said.

"I know it's a clichι, but getting to my age you just want to make sure every game counts and that's what I'm trying to do at the moment."

Monday, 4 August 2014
Sydney coach John Longmire says Ryan O'Keefe has not made a decision about his future despite reports to the contrary.

"I spoke to him just after those comments and he said he hadn't made a decision at all," Longmire said.

"That's what he said after those comments were made, that he hasn't made a decision on next year at all.

"That's where that sits."

Sunday, 3 August 2014
Craig Bird has ended speculation about his future by agreeing to terms with the Sydney Swans that will tie him to the club until the end of 2016.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Ryan O'Keefe has revealed his desire to continue his AFL career at another club next year.

The Sydney Swans veteran, an unrestricted free agent at season's end, has played just four games this year after being dropped in round four.

"Ryan will be exercising his right as a free agent. His body is sound, he loves footy and he's not ready to hang up the boots," O'Keefe's manager Darian Lobb of MVP Management said.

"He wants the opportunity to play at another club."

Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Lance Franklin's girlfriend Jesinta Campbell says Buddy was 'affected' by Hawk supporters' jibes when he faced off against his old teammates at the MCG.

"He was a massive part of that club for nine years and he was playing against his best friends he's grown up with, and he still has a great admiration and respect for that football club," Campbell told Sydney's Triple M.

"I think it's really difficult for him when he goes [to Melbourne].

"I find it a little bit disrespectful. All of a sudden the supporters have forgotten the nine years.

Friday, 25 July 2014
Lance Franklin's former manager has questioned whether Buddy's decision to change management companies is in the superstar's long-term interest, but says he is not angry with his former client.

Liam Pickering told SEN radio he was shocked when Franklin told him he was changing to a celebrity management company that has no other AFL footballers as clients.

"From a football perspective, I think a sounding board that has got a football background is ideal for Buddy," Pickering said.

"He (Franklin) thought he needed someone in Sydney, and that is disappointing but it's life. I don't have any problems with Bud, I love Bud, I want him to do well tonight (against the Hawks). I want him to do well for the year, but I was a bit shocked at the time I must say."

Thursday, 24 July 2014
He was a dual premiership superstar at Hawthorn, but Lance Franklin is now just a "faceless man" to the Hawks, coach Alastair Clarkson says.

"Bud's been a really, really valuable member of this footy club for a long period of time but as of October or November of last year he's wearing a red and white jumper now," Clarkson said.

"So he's a faceless man in a sense from our point-of-view. We appreciate and respect everything he did for our footy club but we move on."

Lance Franklin parts ways with manager Liam Pickering to join a celebrity management company based in the Harbour City.

"I'm disappointed but as Buddy would say himself, it is what it is. It's the game we're in," Pickering told The Footy Show.

"Buddy and I have never had a blue and as always I want him to do well."

Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Brett Kirk is the star of a new film called 'Aussie Rules The World', in which Sydney filmmaker Michael Stringer McIntyre tracked the Kirk family's six-month journey to 20 countries.

The film also features Adam Goodes and Bachar Houli, who talk about their path to the AFL, and men of influence such as Andrew Demetriou, Mike Sheahan and Eddie McGuire.

As part of Kirk's role as the AFL's International Ambassador in 2011, the family was sent on a mission to explore and share the footy gospel, and what the retired footballer found was Australian Football was much more than just a game, it was a pathway to unite communities and break down barriers.

Along the journey, Kirk, his wife Hayley, son Indhi, 6, twin daughters Memphys and Tallulah, 4, and Sadie, 2, found themselves on the war-torn streets of Jerusalem, where they met the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Team.

"This film really captures the essence and the spirit of our game and the joy it brings and the barriers it breaks down," Kirk told the AFL Record.

"It connects people and that's what I love about it and that's why I've been intimately involved in it since I was a young boy.

"With the horrible things that are happening in the world at the moment, there is an inspiring story about a team that's made up of half Israelis and half Palestinian players.

"There's a really powerful quote in the film, from an Israeli player, 'if the world was one big footy field, everything would be all right', and it just sits with me now."

Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Nick Malceski has put contract talks on hold until the end of the season, but his manager insists he is not disgruntled at the Swans.

"It's a massive decision. It's the last really big decision Nick's going to make in his career and we want to use the time we have to look at all the options and make the best decision we can for him and his family," Malceski's manager Ben Niall said.

"He's not disgruntled, he just wants to take his time, look at everything that's available to him and make a considered decision."

Thursday, 17 July 2014
Cameron Wood has come from the clouds to play his first game this season in a shock selection move ahead of Friday night's clash against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

The Blues have selected the former Collingwood big man, who has spent 2014 in the VFL, dropping Robert Warnock after he was convincingly beaten by Sydney Swans opponent Mike Pyke in round 17.

Saturday, 12 July 2014
Mike Pyke sets a new career-high with 53 hit-outs in the Swans' 71-point belting of the Blues.
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire reveals that Swans coach John Longmire had passed on being an assistant coach of the Australian International Rules team because of McGuire's management role in the representative team.

McGuire has long been a critic of the Swans being allowed an increased salary via the Cost of Living Allowance and of the exclusive access the club gets to players in their academy structure.

"Clearly I've hit a sore spot and they (the Swans) are screaming and trying to protect something that is obviously super important to them and gives them a major advantage," McGuire told The Footy Show.

"I have heard indirectly that John has made that decision because of that, and that is disappointing. If he doesn't want to do it because of a petty club issue, then that's his call.

"When it comes to Australia, I put self-interest aside and in this Australian team you get the chance to refuse just once. I hope John reconsiders."

Monday, 7 July 2014
Kurt Tippett frustrating run with the Sydney Swans has continued, with the star key forward to miss another week with ongoing issues surrounding his troublesome knee.

"Kurt's not going to play this week," Swans coach John Longmire said.

"He's got a little bit of bone inflammation, which is the reason why he's a little bit sore still.

"We're hopeful of getting him after the bye."

Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Despite two premierships, two Brownlow Medals and a swag of other honours, Adam Goodes admits he harboured doubts over his ability to make it back to his top level as he battled a persistent knee issue.

The Sydney Swan will set another milestone this week when he breaks Andrew McLeod's record for games by an indigenous player, with appearance No.341 against West Coast on Sunday.

But it's a record that took a little extra time to arrive as he spent 10 months on the sidelines.

"It's just been pleasing to get back and still be able to contribute and have my speed and be fit enough to keep up with a lot of these younger guys," Goodes said.

"There are some things I can't do out there. I'm not going to tell everyone what they are.

"But I'm still able to keep my speed, I can still put pressure on that forward line and I can still kick goals."

Monday, 30 June 2014
Harry Cunningham is the round 15 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee after tallying 17 disposals and seven marks in the Swans' 46-point win against GWS.

"It's a bit of a shock, but I'll take it," Cunningham said.

"I don't think I had my best game on the weekend, but I believe I've been in reasonably good form.

"I suppose it's a bit of a reward for a bit of work over time."

Ryan O'Keefe started the year fourth on the Swans' games-played list with 282 appearances and with every intention of chalking up 300 games and potentially playing on in 2015.

But the year hasn't panned out as he would've liked. He has played just four senior matches to start the season and has found himself stuck in the reserves ever since.

"I continually talk to Ryan and it's a week-by-week proposition," Sydney coach John Longmire said.

"It's obviously been tough to this point because our players have been playing pretty well and been pretty consistent. What happens from here I'm unsure.

"Things do change pretty quickly. I'm sure Jake Lloyd wasn't expecting to get a senior call-up and he's been able to hold his spot.

"That's why you have to be in the best possible form you can because those opportunities will no doubt come before the end of the season."

Saturday, 28 June 2014
Ben McGlynn makes an impact in his return to the Swans' senior side, finishing with 15 possessions, five marks, four tackles and a goal in a 46-point victory over GWS.

"He's an important player for us Benny," Sydney coach John Longmire said.

"He gives us real life and energy.

"For him to miss a couple of weeks, we were tossing up whether he would come back in this week or not, but he was able to get through training and train pretty well.

"He's had a great year, he's a leader and has elite endurance and speed.

"We need him back in the team and it was good to get him back in."

Heath Shaw has escaped with only a concussion following an accidental collision with Kurt Tippett in the first quarter of Greater Western Sydney's 46-point loss to the Sydney Swans.

Shaw was taken to hospital immediately after leaving the field but he was well enough to be discharged not long after the game finished.

The incident occurred when Swans midfielder Ben McGlynn brought the ball out of their defensive 50m and found co-captain Jarrad McVeigh, who spotted Tippett wide open in the forward line.

McVeigh's long bomb was perfectly weighted and Tippett took the mark, but a charging Shaw tried to force a contest and ended up getting smashed flush on the jaw by the forward's raised knee.

Shaw didn't move after the unfortunate hit and was taken from the ground on a medicab after an awful collision.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Since kicking 2.7 on his return from a knee injury against Hawthorn in round eight, Lance Franklin has been in outstanding goalkicking form, registering 21.10 in five straight wins for the Swans.

"I'm just playing my role for the footy club and I'm enjoying it," Franklin said.

"I've been able to get on the track the last five or six weeks and I put it down to that.

"I'm getting out there amongst the boys and learning the team structures and how we like to play."

Sunday, 22 June 2014
Zak Jones makes his AFL debut as the substitute for the Swans against Richmond.

Jones was injected into the match as a replacement for injured defender Rhyce Shaw early in the third quarter, and he struggled to control his breathing as he stepped onto the ground.

After finding his feet, he went on to win nine possessions and lay six tackles across half-back, showing poise when he had the ball and ferocity when it was in his vicinity.

"It was pretty scary to take that first step, I was just trying to control my breathing," Jones said.

"[Waiting as the sub] is not my thing, but I'll take whatever really. It's a debut and I want to play AFL.

"It was really good to get that win in a tough game where we had to grind it out. It was unreal.

"I love the contested situations and the fact you have to get in there and grind your way out."

Sunday, 15 June 2014
Dan Hannebery will be sidelined for around a month with a torn ligament in his ankle, suffered in the Swan's round 13 four-point victory over Port Adelaide.
Thursday, 12 June 2014
Sam Reid is relishing his new roles down back and in the ruck in 2014.

"It's important to have versatile players that can play at either end of the ground or in the middle," Reid said.

"I'm hopefully becoming one of those players that can be really dangerous whether I go forward, go back or in the ruck.

"I'd like to keep doing it. It's pretty rare. It's probably only starting to come into the game now.

"It can throw a bit of a spanner in the works and is a good weapon to have."

Wednesday, 11 June 2014
Kieren Jack credits a long stint tagging some of the AFL's best players in helping him enjoy outstanding team and individual success and reach 150 games for the Sydney Swans.

"My background in AFL football wasn't big," Jack said.

"I had to learn the game and the patterns of the game and tagging allowed me to do that.

"Defensively and (when) tackling, I was a very competitive kid, so that went hand in hand.

"So I think 'Roosy' thought if he could put me on a player and try to negate them with my competitive attitude, I'd be able to pick up some things along the way and learn that offensive side and where players go to get the football."

Monday, 9 June 2014
Kurt Tippett's stop-start career with the Sydney Swans has continued, with the key forward undergoing knee surgery on Tuesday that will rule him out for the next two weeks.

Tippett hurt his left knee during Sunday's victory over Gold Coast and scans have revealed a slight tear to his meniscus.

"He's got a slight tear in his meniscus, so he'll have a minor operation today, trim the cartilage up a bit, miss two games and he should be right in three weeks' time," Sydney coach John Longmire said.

"He'd been playing well - he was a bit quiet on the weekend, but he'd been playing really well for us and doing a good job.

"But if you look at the other results that could've happened, it's not necessarily a bad result."

Thursday, 5 June 2014
Out of contract at the end of the year, Craig Bird says he hopes to sign a new deal with Sydney to keep him at the club.

"I really want to stay at Sydney and just worry about my footy for the rest of the year and let the management group take care of that," Bird said.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014
Heath Grundy will play in his 150th game this week against Gold Coast.

"I'm very proud to play 150 games for this club," Grundy said.

"I had to do it pretty hard early on and had a bit of a slow start to my career, but to be able to secure my spot in the senior side and finally get to 150 feels great and hopefully there's a few more to come.

"The club has been great to me and gave me time to develop and I always took that into account over the years.

"Hopefully I've been able to repay the club with some good games of footy."

Monday, 26 May 2014
Adam Goodes expects incidents of racism "to get worse before things gets better" as people start to speak out about the issue.

"More people are standing up and saying "This is unacceptable", which is what we want to start to do," Goodes said.

"That's how we're going to make change.

"For me, that's why I see it is going to get worse because people are going to call out more people, which I think needs to happen."

Thursday, 22 May 2014
Former Western Bulldogs and Sydney Swans forward Patrick Veszpremi dismisses complaints players aren't given enough help after football.

"I think sometimes players don't realise when they finish up they have to go out and get what you're worth," Veszpremi said.

"I just think with the psychologists they provide, the money for study, they can't just give players jobs it doesn't work like that, this is the real world, this is real life now.

"I think some players think they need more but actually there's already a lot of support compared to what the average person coming out of school gets."

Adam Goodes says he is encouraged by the stand being taken by AFL fans to help stamp out racism after an Essendon member was called out by fellow supporters for inappropriate comments targeting Goodes during the Bombers' recent clash with the Swans.

"Supporters across the League are taking a stand and the incidents out there are just proving that AFL supporters don't want to stand for this anymore," Goodes said.

"I take my hat off to those supporters because that's the environment I want to play in and put on a show.

"And that's the environment they want to be able to bring their kids to the football and watch the game and let the players do what they do best."

Monday, 19 May 2014
An Essendon fan has had his membership cancelled after racially vilifying Sydney Swan Adam Goodes during the Bombers' 50-point loss to the Swans.

"While it is disappointing that these incidents still arise, there is a positive to come out of this, and that is the willingness of people in the crowd, regardless of the colours of their scarf and jumper, to draw a line in the sand and say that this is not acceptable," Goodes said.

"While there still work to be done, to have Essendon members alert stadium security to the incident is a great indication that people in the football community will not tolerate racial vilification."

Sunday, 18 May 2014
The Match Review Panel says Sydney Dan Hannebery has no case to answer over his collision with Essendon defender Michael Hurley.
Tom Mitchell breaks the state league possession record in the NEAFL.

His disposal tally of 64 (23 contested, 41 uncontested) is the highest ever recorded by Champion Data in a state league or under-18 competition since the company began recording statistics in the TAC Cup in 2006.

The 20-year-old's stats sheet consisted of 28 kicks, 36 handballs, four goals, five tackles, 14 marks, 12 clearances, 27 handball receives and 16 hardball gets.

Saturday, 17 May 2014
Dane Rampe says teammate Dan Hannebery's had no choice but to bump Essendon's Michael Hurley as they both contested for a loose ball.

Hannebury clattered into Hurley, leaving him temporarily stunned and setting the stage for another divisive ruling from the Match Review Panel.

"If you pull out, you're going to be branded a sissy or accused of lacking courage," Rampe said.

"Or you're going to kill yourself if you go in like Hurley did (and butt heads).

"So you have to brace. It's just human nature to protect yourself, that's the way it should be and that's what we're taught when we're growing up."

Thursday, 15 May 2014
An injury to Mike Pyke has allowed Tom Derickx to become the Swans' no.1 ruckman.

"I love that responsibility and that challenge and think it brings the best out of a lot of players," Derickx said.

"When Pyke went off injured against Brisbane, the runner came out and said, 'I've got bad news'.

"I was like, 'That's bad news for Pykey, but good news for me'. I love that sort of challenge."

Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Averaging 24 disposals per game, Luke Parker has been one of Sydney's best players this season.

"I've just been playing more consistent football. I've been keeping a pretty simple mindset," Parker said about his approach to football.

"Every week, I'm just focusing on the basics and that's showing, I think.

"I'm not getting too worried about (getting) caught up or confused out there."

Monday, 12 May 2014
A frustrated Paul Roos has suggested the AFL's umpiring department should notify clubs each week of their particular areas of focus.

Roos said the number of rule and interpretation changes were causing confusion and it was making it difficult to work out why some free kicks were being paid.

"If there is a weekly email from the umpires saying 'look we feel the umpires are umpiring really well [on] this, this and this but we feel like the 50-metre penalty or hands in the back rule [needs focus]," Roos said.

"Let's not call it 'the rule of the week' but say the umpires are refocusing on something."

Friday, 9 May 2014
Lance Franklin helps Sydney to a 19-point win against his old side Hawthorn with 21 disposals, 10 marks and two goals.

"It made no difference who the opposition was, I just want to get out here each week. Hopefully I can get some consistency back in my game and get back to my best football," Franklin said.

"It's good to get it over and done with early, but I'm at a new football club and I'm enjoying my time here. Now we just look forward to playing some other teams."

Thursday, 8 May 2014
As he prepares for his fourth straight senior appearance, Jake Lloyd says he is enjoying his opportunities at AFL level this year.

"At the end of last year I signed a new contract and that was pretty special," Lloyd said.

"It was one of my best years of football consistency-wise and the goal was to hopefully get a senior game this year.

"To be honest, I didn't expect it to happen so early in the season."

Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Big-name recruits Kurt Tippett and Lance Franklin will play together for the first time when the Swans take on the Hawks at ANZ Stadium in round 8.
Sunday, 4 May 2014
Adam Goodes says Eddie McGuire's racial gaffe last year ended their friendship.

"Friends don't make jokes about their friends like that," Goodes said.

Goodes said he would still shake the hand of the Collingwood president and broadcaster in a professional environment, News Corp Australia reported.

"But from a friendship point of view, unfortunately I have lost one there," Goodes added.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Rhyce Shaw will play in his 200th game against Brisbane at the Gabba this week.

"The first three or four years I didn't take the game seriously enough and wasn't very professional and did a few things I probably regret," Shaw said.

"That's some of the things I try to preach to our young guys now, you're in AFL football as long as you want to be.

"If you do all the right things now you can play for 10 years.

"I was lucky enough to stay in the system somehow and play in a Grand Final and win a premiership.

"I've been very lucky in that respect and really privileged to be at the Sydney Swans."

Saturday, 26 April 2014
Lance Franklin is subbed out of Sydney's game against Melbourne after aggravating a knee injury in the third quarter.

"It's been a bit sore ever since [the Adelaide game], there's a little bit of tendinitis in front of his knee and he jarred his 'fat pad', the physio said before, that's more than likely what it is," Sydney coach John Longmire said.

"He hasn't done much training since that game … and that's what he's jarred again tonight."

Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Lance Franklin says he is shocked and remorseful after being involved in a car crash but says he is relived nobody was hurt.

"Obviously there's frustration, more for myself than anyone, this is something no one wants to go through," Franklin said.

"An accident is an accident, but I don't want to see myself in the spotlight again and obviously I've found myself in it again.

"I just want to move forward as quickly as possible and get onto this week's game."

Lance Franklin is involved in a car crash but the key forward was not injured and no alcohol was involved.

"A Jeep that was travelling west on New South Head road hit four parked vehicles, all four vehicles were damaged as a result of the crash," a New South Wales police spokesman said.

"The driver of the Jeep was a 27-year-old Bondi man and he was not injured in the crash.

"He underwent a roadside breath test that was negative. After speaking with police at the scene the 27-year-old man left the area."

Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Kurt Tippett's return to senior football with the Sydney Swans will have to wait at least another week after he suffered a cracked rib playing for the reserves.

"Our plan was to play Kurt for the first half and he nearly got through unscathed, but unfortunately he copped a knee in a marking contest just before half-time," Swans coach John Longmire said.

"Before that he looked in really good touch. He moved well, his marking was good and he was able to boot three goals.

"He won't be available for selection this week, but at this early stage we're hopeful that he could be available the following week."

Friday, 18 April 2014
Kurt Tippett makes his return to football after recovering from knee tendonitis, kicking three goals for Sydney's reserves against Gold Coast.
Friday, 11 April 2014
Jarrad McVeigh says he is ready to have an active role raising awareness of childhood heart disease two-and-a-half years since losing his baby daughter to a heart condition.

"For me personally it was almost too hard to do things, but now I'm feeling like I can do that type of stuff and I want to get more involved," McVeigh said.

"It's taken a bit of time, and to keep telling the story does take quite a toll. But now I'm more able to do that.

"Six babies every day are born with a heart condition and four of those don't make it every week. Spreading that awareness is something I want to be a part of."
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