18/04/2024

209cm Swan Lachlan McAndrew will make his AFL debut against North Melbourne on Saturday.

The growing injury crisis at the Swans has opened the door for young ruckman Lachlan McAndrew who is set to make his AFL debut against North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The 22-year-old was selected in the 2021 mid-season draft and stands at 209cm tall. McAndrew, a Northern Beaches product, is an athletic tap ruckman who has come up through the ranks of the Swans Academy.

One of the best performers for the Swans’ winless VFL side, McAndrew is averaging 31 hitouts and 12 disposals in the red and white. John Longmire was happy to welcome him into the squad as Tom Hickey misses under concussion protocols.

“We want to turn up, compete and give our members and fans a four-quarter effort,” he said.

“Excitingly, Lachlan McAndrew gets his first game. A local product who came through our academy system.”

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He showed his capabilities in the pre-season, playing both practice matches against Brisbane and Carlton. In the latter he laid six tackles and had 10 hitouts in just 38 per cent game time going against Marc Pittonet and Tom De Koning.

Off the back of a 35-hitout, three mark performance against Williamstown, McAndrew will join a returning Pete Ladhams against veteran Todd Goldstein in a must-win game for the Swans.

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