James Jordon

Fresh off the move to Sydney, will James Jordon make an impact immediately for his new club? Picture: Joshua Davis/The Inner Sanctum

“He’s been terrific, James, he’s had a great pre-season, he’s fitted in really well, he’s a ripping young fella.”

New Sydney Swans recruit James Jordon has won high praise from his new coach ahead of a clash with his old side on Thursday night.

In one of their most prolific trade periods in recent memory, the Swans were busy in securing Taylor Adams, Joel Hamling, and Brodie Grundy alongside Jordon.

His pre-season finished strongly with 31 disposals in the pre-season hitout against Brisbane, earning praise from Swans coach John Longmire.

“He’s been terrific, James, he’s had a great pre-season, he’s fitted in really well, he’s a ripping young fella,” he said.

“He’s played a bit of footy, comes from a good system, and he’s had a good pre-season so – like all of our players, they’re all looking forward to putting the pre-season behind them and getting into the real stuff.”

Jordon’s strong pre-season couldn’t come at a better time, with Adams, Luke Parker, and Callum Mills missing from Sydney’s midfield leaving them light against a strong Demon midfield set to regain Clayton Oliver.

Despite this, Longmire has backed them in against a tough opponent.

“We’ve probably got three of our most experienced mids out, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have the numbers to go through there, we still feel we’ve got a good quality of players to go through that midfield group,” he said.

“They’ll be young, but we’re really confident in that midfield group, they’ll have a big challenge this week against the Demons, and their experience, but they’ve had a good pre-season all of our mids, so we’re really looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

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The Swans and Demons have had a strong recent rivalry, with Sydney winning both encounters in 2022, and Melbourne doing the double in 2023. Still, Longmire has no interest in bragging rights over an interstate rival.

“I feel like getting our season off [to the best start] that’s what’s really important,” he said.

“We feel like Melbourne, we’ve had some great games against Melbourne over the last few years, and someone told me they’ve only been out of the top four, two times in three years, which is an extraordinary stat.

“They’re probably one of the most consistent teams over the last three years in the competition, we saw what they were able to do last week, they’re a terrific team, great midfield, terrific intercept defenders and a dangerous forward line.

“We’re looking at that and going, can’t wait. There’ll be a packed house hopefully at the SCG, and well, we need to get the season off to a really good start.”

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