Walsh, who was a steal during last year’s trade period when he wanted to be traded to Sydney from St Kilda, had been in fine form for Sandringham, St Kilda’s VFL affiliate last season, but despite being close to an AFL debut, he wasn’t selected.
Swans coach John Longmire said Walsh has been improving in the reserves and is hopeful of his irish recruit making an immediate impact.
“He’s been working at it for two-and-a-half years and improving all the time,” Longmire said.
“He’s still been learning the game … we’ve been playing him in different roles and been teaching him different parts of the game.
“His form’s been really consistent over the past five or six weeks. He’s been in our best two or three players every week.
“You look at his consistency and through sheer weight of numbers he’s forced his way into the team.”
Walsh is another Irish player at the Swans and has been influenced by former Swan Tadgh Kennelly.