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Sydney Swans News

Monday, 29 June 2015
Sydney Swans coach John Longmire has passionately defended Adam Goodes after the dual Brownlow medallist was accused of 'squirrel gripping' Richmond's Taylor Hunt.

A still image showing Goodes tangled up with Hunt was circulated across various social media platforms after the Swans' clash with the Tigers, with some journalists and footy followers accusing the Swan of foul play.

"We think, as a club, that the way that was highlighted was disgraceful," Longmire said.

"If you still a lot of pieces of play during an AFL game of football I'm sure you could make an issue of a number of different things

"To have that one highlighted in particular, I think is very poor.

"You guys make your own decisions but make them on an informed basis. When you look at the whole piece of play in its entirety whilst the game is unfolding, rather than a particular still (shot) in a moment in time."

Saturday, 27 June 2015
Josh Dunkley will wait until later in the year before deciding whether he nominates as a father-son selection with the Sydney Swans, having just returned from a long-term back injury.

The midfielder is eligible to join the Swans, where his father Andrew played 217 games between 1992-2002 and was a key member of their defence for a decade.

But after a four-month layoff with a back stress fracture that saw him only play his first game of the NAB AFL under-18 Championships for Vic Country on Friday, Josh said he wanted to pick up some form before making his call.

"I haven't given it much thought because I haven't been playing much footy. I'll just wait and see, and it depends where I'm ranked and that kind of thing," he said.

"I'll talk to a lot of people about it. I'm still nowhere near making a decision. Obviously the Swans are a really good club and I've been up there a few times and they've really welcomed me in, but I'll just wait and see how I go."

Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Adam Goodes says winning a history-making third premiership is the driving force behind him playing into his 18th season.

"Whether it's my last year or not my goal is very simple this year, and that's to win another premiership. And that's what I'm going to try and do," Goodes said.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Sydney Swans midfielder Josh Kennedy has applauded opposing players' calls for fans not to boo Adam Goodes.

"I think it is great from Ziebell that he has come out and said it and I think (Hawthorn's) Jordan Lewis did it a week or two ago, which is great," Kennedy said.

"From our point of view, we can't really control it. We have just got to support 'Goodesy' on the field and get around him as much as we can."

Thursday, 4 June 2015
Tony Lockett is inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Lockett booted an AFL-record 1360 goals in a 281-game career at St Kilda and the Sydney Swans.

"It (the record) does mean something (to me). You look back on it and I'm very proud of it, but nights like tonight, this means more tonight, it's fantastic," Lockett said at the Hall of Fame ceremony.

Michael O'Loughlin is inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

"I got cut down in terms of injuries and soft-tissue stuff, and pretty much had to change my body," O'Loughlin said.

"If it wasn't for (coach) Paul Roos, I probably would've ended my career pretty early."

Adam Goodes says he is not interested in entering politics when his career ends to continue his fight for indigenous causes.

"I'm definitely not interested in party politics, definitely not interested in stepping into that arena," Goodes said on NITV.

"I'm very passionate about my causes and I'm going to continue to be passionate, (but) right now I'm not interested."

Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Mike Pyke will play in his 100th game for Sydney against Gold Coast this week.

The former rugby player says his 100th AFL game milestone is as much a vindication of Sydney Swans coach John Longmire's faith as justification for his gamble in switching codes.

"I think it's probably sometimes a big risk for 'Horse' (Longmire) every weekend when he picks me," he said.

"I think the milestone is sort of vindication for his patience (with me)."

Tuesday, 2 June 2015
The saga surrounding the indigenous 'war cry' goal celebration by Adam Goodes finds its way to the New South Wales parliament.

The NSW Legislative Council has passed a motion supporting Goodes while taking aim at Collingwood president Eddie McGuire, labelling the Pies boss "a continual boofhead".

McGuire had told media that Goodes should have pre-warned the public of his intended actions Sydney's game against Carlton to prevent any controversy.

NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham, who is a Collingwood supporter, proposed the motion to back Goodes and condemn McGuire.

"There's a lot stronger words I could have used. I'm a keen watcher of the game and I think it's important that we, as politicians, recognise people for doing good things in our community, and we show leadership when someone is doing something wrong," Buckingham said.

"That's what you call someone who has made a blue, you call them a boofhead, and Eddie has had a shocker."

Monday, 1 June 2015
Sydney Swans coach John Longmire says critics of Adam Goodes need to step back and educate themselves before taking pot shots at the dual Brownlow medallist.

The indigenous 'war cry' goal celebration Goodes performed on Friday night against Carlton is still being talked about, and while the Swans star has received plenty of support, he's also copped plenty of negativity.

Some commentators, including Eddie McGuire, have suggested Goodes should have given prior notice that he was going to perform the dance on Friday night.

"Had we known before the game that Adam or some of the indigenous players were going to do some sort of war cry, we could have been able to educate and understand the situation," McGuire told Channel Nine.

"This is a made-up dance, this is not something that's been going on for years."

Longmire says everyone was welcome to have his or her own opinion, but further education was needed to help a greater understanding of Goodes' actions.

"I was playing with some of the great indigenous players who were able to play our game, but it wasn't really until I became a coach and was able to talk and listen to people like Michael O'Loughlin and Adam Goodes, before I got a really strong understanding of indigenous culture, and I'm still learning," Longmire said.

"As long as you've got an open mind to these things and you don't jump to any conclusions and you're prepared to listen to other people's point of view, that's when you get a true understanding of it."

Saturday, 30 May 2015
Adam Goodes' controversial indigenous war cry has been given the AFL's stamp of approval.

The Sydney Swans star divided opinion on Friday night when he celebrated a goal in the Swans' win over Carlton by advancing on a pocket of Blues supporters while performing the traditional dance.

However, AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan came out in support of Goodes on Sunday.

"We are a big enough game to accept and celebrate this type of expression," McLachlan told Channel Nine.

"The Indigenous Round is a time to celebrate reconciliation and it's a time to reflect on the changes that still need to happen.

"Adam Goodes has my full support and the full support of the AFL."

Friday, 29 May 2015
A defiant and fiercely proud Adam Goodes has again stood by his indigenous war cry, and says the reaction to his goal celebration against Carlton night has been extremely surprising.

Goodes charged at Blues fans after he kicked his first goal in the second term of the Swans' 60-point win, and admits he intended to direct his actions at the Carlton faithful.

"It's a war cry dance, so it would be silly to do it to my own supporters. It's a dance that I haven't been able to perform with the Indigenous All Stars," Goodes said.

"I haven't had an opportunity to show that passion, and that pride about being a warrior and representing my people and where I come from.

"There was nothing untoward to the Carlton supporters. It was actually something for them to stand up and go, 'yep we see you, and we acknowledge you - bring it on.'"

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says he will call Adam Goodes to clear up the incorrect assertion that he had labelled the veteran's indigenous war dance on Friday night violent and aggressive.

Goodes was asked at a press conference on Saturday morning if he had heard McGuire's supposed comments on Fox Footy, and the dual Brownlow medallist said he felt sorry McGuire if that was his view.

McGuire responded, telling SEN that he would clarify his position with Goodes, who directed his war cry at Carlton supporters on Friday night after kicking his first goal at the SCG.

While analysing Goodes' celebration post-match on Fox Footy and the fact it was directed at Carlton supporters, McGuire said: "Let's not get silly about the whole situation ... it is quite aggressive, let's be honest".

"To say that I was violently against it or thought it was violent or anything else, is nonsense ... that's just a complete fabrication," McGuire said.

"We were very, very cautious on the Fox Footy coverage. We analysed it in the context of world sport and whether or not you should be making pseudo or direct political comment during a game of football. That's all it was.

"I'm deeply offended that anyone would even try and implement me in any way shape or form of having a different opinion to one that I'd expressed continually."

Adam Goodes celebrates a goal against Carlton with a 'war cry' during the AFL's Indigenous Round.

"I was just a little bit inspired by the under-16 Boomerang kids who taught us a little bit of a war cry, so it's just a little tribute to those guys," Goodes said.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Lance Franklin has gone goalless in two of his last three games, but the Swans won both those matches against Melbourne and Hawthorn respectively.

"I think it gives everyone around the footy club confidence that we don't need to rely on one person to kick goals every week," Franklin said.

"I think it's really important that we have that mix of different blokes popping up each week and kicking goals."

Monday, 25 May 2015
Adam Goodes says he does not understand why he is regularly booed in Melbourne.

"It doesn't affect me whilst I'm playing, but it affects my family, my partner and friends who are at the game and they are just trying to understand why," Goodes said.

"I don't know why. You'd have to go around and ask the people who come to the ground, what their problem is with me.

"I look at it after the game, and to think it's still happening is incredibly disappointing."

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire says Adam Goodes has answered the questions over his short-term future through hard work and persistence.

Goodes was recalled to the Swans' line-up for the round five clash against the Western Bulldogs and has steadily played himself into form since.

Longmire said the veteran had his best game for 2015 in Saturday night's four-point win over Hawthorn, with a season-high 18 possessions, seven marks, five inside 50s and a goal.

"Goodesy's form on the weekend was really strong. We were so happy with the way he went, he performed at a good, strong level in a big game," Longmire said.

"He was able to make those necessary adjustments, and work to the level he needed to work to, to make sure he got back into really good form.

"He's a very proud man and he's very competitive, and we saw that on the weekend. His last couple of weeks has been good."

Friday, 22 May 2015
Dane Rampe says he's used last year's embarrassing Grand Final loss to Hawthorn as personal motivation to get back to the big day in 2015.

Rampe revealed that while the team moved on quickly from the 63-point hammering, his own poor performance on the day has driven him for months.

The running defender had just eight possessions in the 2014 season decider, and struggled to contain Hawks' star Jack Gunston under the avalanche of pressure from the winners.

"It's probably more an individual thing rather than a team thing, there's nothing really been spoken about the rematch or what team it is," Rampe said.

"It's more something you reflect on over the off-season and it does give you extra motivation what happened on Grand Final day."

Monday, 18 May 2015
Zak Jones ends speculation that he could be reunited with elder brother Nathan at Melbourne, re-committing with the Sydney Swans until the end of 2017.
Saturday, 16 May 2015
Dane Rampe signs a four-year deal with the Swans that will keep him at the club until the end of 2019.
Friday, 15 May 2015
On the eve of Gary Rohan's 50th game, his father Jim says every game his son plays is a bonus.

"It's a bit hard to put into words what we've been through as a family to see a kid who's so full of life, come back home and put up with what he had to put up with," Jim Rohan said about his son's battle to come back from a broken leg.

"To have two broken bones in your leg like that, an horrific injury, and from having the surgeon say it could be his last game of football, to where he is now has been a bloody great achievement.

"We're very proud of him."

Jarrad McVeigh will play in his 250th game this week and says winning the 2012 premiership has been the highlight of his career.

"To stand there and get a medal is what you dream of as a little kid," McVeigh said.

"My dad took my brother and I to our first grand final in 1993, Essendon versus Carlton. You grow up watching that day your whole life, then to be part of it and hold up the cup, there's nothing better in footy."

Tuesday, 12 May 2015
After being held goalless against the Demons, Lance Franklin is the target of a prank from one of his Sydney teammates.

"One of the boys actually put some donuts in my locker this week, so I had a bit of a laugh at that, so it was quite funny," Franklin said.

"It's all about a team game and playing your role for the football club, and if you don't kick goals, you don't kick goals."

Saturday, 9 May 2015
Isaac Heeney is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks after damaging the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Melbourne at the MCG.
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Isaac Heeney says playing alongside Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett in the Swans' forward line has accelerated his development.

"Its pretty surreal playing with the likes of Buddy and Tippo, I just play every game as it comes and kicking a few goals is a bonus," Heeney said.

"They've put their trust in me to know the game plan, and they encourage me to fly for my marks and crash in hard no matter where they are.

"From the weekend it showed that hopefully we can have a good bond up there."

Monday, 20 April 2015
Early favourite Isaac Heeney has officially entered the race to win this year's NAB AFL Rising Star Award, with the Sydney Swans youngster nominated for his standout round-three performance.

In the heat of a derby against crosstown rivals Greater Western Sydney, Heeney booted four goals, helped set up three more and used his 10 disposals at perfect efficiency in the Swans' 21-point win.

"I would never have expected this sort of start. I was stoked (to be nominated for the Rising Star)," Heeney said.

"I wasn't expecting it all and didn't think much about it. I'm just trying to get myself right after hitting that (goal) post on the weekend."

Saturday, 18 April 2015
Isaac Heeney has impressed in his first 3 AFL games, averaging just under 15 disposals and 2 goals per game.

Swans coach John Longmire has praised Heeney's start to his AFL career, but has also warned the 18 year-old to prepare for some tougher times ahead.

"We know footy doesn't get easier, sometimes it can get a bit harder, but he competes every week and it gives him a real chance when he's able to do what he's able to do in our forward line," Longmire said.

"He's hard, he competes, he's composed as well, so not only was he able to hit the scoreboard tonight he was able to set a few up."

Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Adam Goodes has told Sydney Swans coach John Longmire he'd rather play reserves in the NEAFL than wear the subs vest for a second straight game.

"We want him to keep going, and he's keen to keep going. We think he's still got a valuable role to play for us this year," Longmire said.

"We still think he can play the sub role this year, we still think he can play in our 21 this year, and will, but at this point in time he thought that a good hitout would be best for him."

Sunday, 12 April 2015
Swans coach John Longmire says Adam Goodes will be used regularly as a substitute this year and will also be rested at times.

"Whatever role Adam's asked to play he plays it, and he is understanding of that," Longmire said.

"I think whether it's the sub role or not playing every week, that will evolve over the course of the season, but we're not focused on that too much at the moment."

Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Isaac Heeney suffered through an April Fool's Day prank before being told he would make his AFL debut on Saturday against Essendon.

Heeney was initially told on that he had not been selected for the ANZ Stadium clash.

But co-captain Kieren Jack finally broke the good news to the 18-year-old later in the day.

Heeney has been named in the side for the season opener after overcoming knee tendinitis and impressing coach John Longmire during the pre-season NAB Challenge.

Luke Parker becomes the youngest player to join the Sydney Swans' leadership group.

The midfielder, currently the Swans' reigning best and fairest winner, wasn't shy in identifying what made him a leader.

"For me, it started off with a lot of 'lead by example' stuff out on the field and that was not a questionable thing for me," Parker said.

"The next step was voicing my opinion and being able to drive the group. I think Rhyce Shaw gave me the confidence that what I actually say is valued, and it gave me the confidence to really start talking up and driving the group."

Monday, 30 March 2015
Lance Franklin has declared himself fit for the Sydney Swans' AFL season opener against Essendon on Saturday after recovering from a sickening head knock.

"Probably for three or four days I had a bit of a headache but after that I've come really good," Franklin said.

"I did nothing last week, I took it pretty easy for six or seven days, just relaxed and made sure I got everything right.

"I'm feeling fresh and ready to go and I'm just really excited about playing on Saturday."

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."

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