John Longmire Sydney Swans

The challenges don't end for John Longmire and the Sydney Swans: Picture: Joshua Davis/The Inner Sanctum

Despite sitting on top of the ladder, there’s plenty of caution for Sydney Swans coach John Longmire ahead of another massive challenge.

As is tradition, Sydney will host Carlton on Friday night in the Sir Doug Nicholls Round, where it will clash with another potential final rival, one that Longmire is preparing for a tough contest against.

“If you look at what Carlton have got, they’ve got a couple of Coleman Medalists in their forward line, they’re the number one contested ball team in the competition, number one pressure team, it’s going to be a massive game this week,” Longmire said.

“Last week, going to Fremantle’s a tough one, this week’s a massive, massive game at the SCG, and there’s always a massive, massive challenge to keep you on edge. We need to be on edge every week, to make sure we keep improving as a team.”

Still yet to play a senior game in 2024, Luke Parker is once again on the agenda, after a monster bomb in the VFL helped them secure victory over North Melbourne, and raised the question of whether he will return to face the Blues.

More Footy News

Your club’s 2024 AFL Free Agents

‘He just protected us’: Brad Ottens speaks on the late ‘Spud’ Frawley

Saints’ CWFL, VWFL eyeing success in 2024

However, having the former captain in the reserves is having another effect, as Longmire explains.

“I think today he said it was an 80-metre barrel, so you’re probably selling him short saying it was 55, it was a massive kick [laughs],” Longmire said.

“We’ve been reasonably consistent through that midfield group and we’ll see how this week lines up.

“There are other players like Braeden Campbell, and it also depends on what roles are available, what roles we think we need in the senior team.

“He wants to play senior footy, that’s understandable, his attitude has been terrific.

“Again, on the weekend he was superb, with the way he went about it, how he’s leading those younger players in the next tier down, but also understanding that he wants to play seniors.

“He’s going about it in such a terrific way and getting even more respect from his teammates.”

The match gets underway at the SCG at 7:40 pm on Friday.

About Author