30/05/2024
Brodie Grundy

Brodie Grundy is seen during the Sydney Swans Training at Tramway Oval, March 27, 2024, Sydney AUS © Joshua Davis 2024

"We have a really young midfield group, and to have him be able to come into that group, but also set the tone as far as his follow-up work around the stoppage and scramble as well has been excellent."

Sydney will have an added incentive against Gold Coast on Sunday, with Brodie Grundy and Logan McDonald reaching milestones.

Grundy will play game 200 against the Suns, while McDonald will notch up his 50th game in red and white.

Coach John Longmire paid tribute to the pair ahead of the dual milestone.

“[Brodie] he’s such a competitor, that’s the thing we were aware of when we recruited him, but you don’t really see it until you see him up close at training, and during games,” he said.

“We have a really young midfield group, and to have him be able to come into that group, but also set the tone as far as his follow-up work around the stoppage and scramble as well has been excellent.

“He’s really personable, he’s fit into our club really well, he and [partner] Rachael- he had his birthday I think, a couple of days ago and he comes into his 200th game, so he’s been a really valuable player.

“I think he [Logan]’s tracking really well.

“As a young key forward, they take time, and he’s played 50 games in that period of time, in a team that has played a bit of finals footy, we think he’s tracking really well.

“Every game we see improvement, I watched the game again last week, and behind the goals, you see certain little attributes that he’s able to do, he’s very smart, he’s got great timing in what he does and he’s getting better all the time, so we think he’s tracking well.”

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Longmire also had plenty of respect for Sunday’s opponent, the Suns, and made note of the challenge that they will provide.

“They’re a talented team, you look at not only their talent but also their work rate, their pressure on the weekend was 1.91, which is through the roof,” he said.

“They’re a talented team but they’re also a team that works really hard and is hard and tough so all of those combine to mean you need to be playing well.

“You know what’s coming, but you also need to be prepared to step into those contests and work hard, on every facet of your game, We know we’ll have to do that, and we’ll have to be at our best.

“We look forward to testing ourselves out against a quality team.”

The match takes place at 1:05 pm on Sunday at the SCG.

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