21/04/2024

Sydney defender Jake Lloyd is loving the fight and dare of his young Swans teammates Picture: sydneyswans.com.au.

Sydney Swans defender Jake Lloyd believes the Swans have the tools to match it with the best at the MCG on Saturday.


Sydney Swans backman Jake Lloyd believes the system in place that has seen them start the year off incredibly strongly, can match against Richmond on Saturday afternoon.

Although the Swans have started the season incredibly well, they face their toughest test against the reigning premiers at the MCG.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Lloyd spoke about the key factors of the Swans game that can match up well against the Tigers.

“They’re obviously great in a lot of areas,” Lloyd said.

“So, if we just bring that pressure around the footy, we’ve been really good around that the last two weeks, squeeze the ground and try and keep the ball in our forward half as long as possible.

“We’ve got a really dangerous forward line down there with Heen [Isaac Heeney] Bud [Lance Franklin] Paps [Tom Papley]

“Errol [Gulden]’s come in and Logan [McDonald]’s kicked goals in his first two matches.

“So, we feel if we can give them enough opportunity, then we’ll be able to kick a winning score.”

It’s been a tumultuous leadup to Saturday’s game for the Swans, with the team being caught in the crossfire of the latest Covid outbreak in Queensland, and only being allowed out of their houses to train.

Lloyd says, however, that the young side has been more than adaptable, despite the uncertainty.

“We’ve got a young group, so we’re able to adapt pretty quickly, to what happens,” he said.

“The staff have put it on us as soon as possible, and you know we’ve just adapted as a group.

“We got told last night we’re going to Melbourne at midday today.

“Things have changed but it hasn’t thrown us out too much.”

It’s the young brigade that has helped lead Sydney to its 2-0 start, with Errol Gulden and Braeden Campbell being named the first two NAB rising star nominees of the year.

Lloyd is especially impressed with their maturity at such a young age.

“We were lucky with Braeden and Errol, coming through the academy, the QBE Swans Academy,” he said.

“So we’ve already got those relationships, those strong relationships, we know how they play.

“I think that’s really helped us work them into our game style and give them the opportunity to use their strengths as footballers.

“Logan coming in, and he’s just jumped straight in with these two guys, he’s just such a mature kid for his age.

“They’re very driven [so] it doesn’t surprise me the results we’re getting from those guys out on the field.”

One of Campbell’s skills that were on display against Adelaide was his lethal left foot kick, which Lloyd said the Swans can use coming out of defence, especially after a kick-in.

“He’s a long left-foot kick, very damaging with that, so we’ll look to exploit that as much as we can,” he said.

“Create a lot of run and carry off his disposal, his explosiveness, so yeah he certainly brings- it’s a big part of his game.

With a new back six, Lloyd’s position in the team has changed slightly down back, with more options in getting the ball out of defence.

“We’ve got a lot more avenues out of there now,” he said.

“Obviously Dawso [Jordan Dawson] has taken his game to another level in the first two games which has been great,

“I guess it just takes the pressure off of other blokes to deliver it.

“So you know we’ve got these other options to get it out of there and if we get these guys standing up each and every week, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”

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