THE Swans’ list has improved significantly since last year despite the departure of Barry Hall.
Daniel Bradshaw is a major bonus on time of Shane Mumford and the former Hawks Josh Kennedy and Ben McGlynn.
The return of Tadgh Kennelly in time for Paul Roos’ last year as coach is a testament.
That theme should not be under-estimated. Swans players have been saying in pre-season interviews that they want to do it for Roosy. It means a finals appearance isn’t out of the question. Certainly the fitness of Bradshaw remains a key; otherwise the goals will be relied on the shoulders of Jesse White with no Michael O’Loughlin either. Darren Jolly is a major loss in the ruck and you’d have to say that Mumford has big shoes to fill.
On-field: Josh Kennedy, Ben McGlynn, Shane Mumford, Mark Seaby (exchange period), Gary Rohan, Lewis Jetta, Sam Reid, Byron Sumner, Trent Dennis-Lane (NAB AFL Draft), Daniel Bradshaw (NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft), Nathan Gordon, Dylan McNeil (NAB AFL Rookie Draft)
Off-field: Dean Moore (general manager – football), Stuart Dew (development coach), Dennis Carroll (welfare and player development manager)
B: Ted Richards, Craig Bolton, Lewis Roberts-Thomson
HB: Martin Mattner, Heath Grundy, Tadhg Kennelly
C: Rhyce Shaw, Ryan O’Keefe, Jarrad McVeigh
HF: Kieren Jack, Adam Goodes, Ben McGlynn
F: Jesse White, Daniel Bradshaw, Lewis Jetta
Foll: Mark Seaby, Brett Kirk, Jude Bolton
I/C: Shane Mumford, Nick Malceski, Paul Bevan, Trent Dennis-Lane
Our crystal ball: The Swans have four of their first six games at home meaning that they must have a flying start to the season. But in return they have a shocking run home after round 17. Emotion can get you someway when you’re looking to make the finals. The fact that it’s Paul Roos’ last season will inspire many and may result in a push for the finals. We feel it mightn’t be a fairytale finish for Roos. Prediction: 12th