17/04/2024

Callum Mills is loving having moments like this. Picture: @sydneyswans on Twitter.

Ahead of their Thursday night clash with Essendon, Sydney Swans midfielder Callum Mills discusses the impact of the three Swans young guns, after strong starts to their careers.

Five years ago, Callum Mills debuted for the Swans alongside fellow teammates Tom Papley and George Hewett.

Now Mills is watching on as the latest trio in Braeden Campbell, Errol Gulden and Logan McDonald are having a similar strong impact.

“They’ve come in and had a serious impact on us straight away,” he said.

“We’re not asking them to go out there and get 30 touches and kick five goals each, we’re just asking them to perform their role.

“Anything on top of that is a bonus.

“And we’ve been lucky in that they’ve been able to do that, because most importantly it has the biggest impact on the team as well.”

The Swans strong start to the season has seen fresh comments on their Academy, and their access to high quality young talent.

Mills, a Swans academy alumnus, spoke about the situation and what it meant for him and what it means for the club when asked if there was anything that made the Swans academy more effective.

“Not necessarily,” he said.

“I had a lot of choices to play as a young kid, as any kid growing up in Sydney.

“The sporting market is rather saturated, there’s a lot of competition in terms of sports.

“So, for the academy to be able to, one come to me and say, ‘this is what we can do in terms of training and developing you, not only as a footballer but as a person as well, if this this is the pathway that you are willing to commit to.’

“It’s something that really spoke to me as a person, and I’ve had a lot of friends that come through the academy that aren’t AFL footballers, but you know, are massive AFL people.

“And you know, local competitions are really thriving off what the academies have done.”

Mills has moved into the midfield for the first time at the Swans this season, and has thrived in his new role, after working exclusively in the position for the first time during the off-season.

Playing as a midfielder in his junior days, Mills always thought he could thrive in the role at the highest level.

“Yeah, I had the confidence to be able to do it,” he said.

“But I’ve also had great coaches, and great leaders to follow.

“One, being able to do a pre-season in that position, and follow Joey [Josh] Kennedy and Luke Parker around and be under the guidance of Dean Cox is very helpful.”

The Swans next take on Essendon at the SCG on Thursday night.

Mills said the matchup will be interesting, given their big win against St Kilda in round 3.

“They play really exciting footy,”

“I think they put 130, 140 odd points against St Kilda, who are a great side.”

Mills noted the danger of certain Bombers players, meaning matchups will be key.

“Obviously, they’ve got a lot of damaging players that can really hurt you individually,” he said.

“So, we’ll review them this afternoon, tonight, and really wrap our heads around it and come up with a game plan to try and get over the top of them.”

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