17/04/2024
Taylor Adams

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

“You can hear the group and see the group learning off him, all the time. He’s got so much to add.

Sydney is preparing to finally unleash another of its off-season recruits.

A disappointing loss to Richmond clouded the previous week, but the Swans have received welcome news that Taylor Adams is ready to make his debut in red and white.

Adams, barring any last-minute hiccups, will take to the field on Saturday against West Coast, although coach John Longmire says his presence has been well-felt already around the club.

“He had a great pre-season, he was terrific,” he said.

“From the moment he walked into the place, he’s provided Luke Parker and Callum Mills with a bit of extra help as far as leadership goes in our midfield group.

“We have a good, young midfield group, but they are still young, and they are still learning.

“To be able to add another experienced head off the field, in a meeting sense, on the field in a training sense, what he says at times during the training sessions and the games that he’s played for us in the scratch matches so far, just adds to the value that he brings to the group.

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“You can hear the group and see the group learning off him, all the time. He’s got so much to add.

“He got through two and half quarters on the weekend (in the VFL) and pulled up well, so if he trains today (Wednesday) he’ll be selected to play his first game this week.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing him run around in the red and white, and he’s a hard competitor, so we’re really looking forward to the pressure he puts on the opposition.

“That’s a big reason we got him and a reason why he’s in the team.”

Sydney and West Coast do battle at 1pm local time on Saturday in the Adelaide Hills.

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