A Sydney derby is always a happy memory for Harry Cunningham, having debuted in the first. Picture @sydneyswans on Twitter.

Ahead of Sydney Derby XX, Sydney Swans defender Harry Cunningham reflected on his debut in the first Sydney Derby, and how the rivalry has developed.

Harry Cunningham was the sub for the very first Sydney Derby, which was not only Greater Western Sydney’s first game, but his own debut game as well.

Now nearly ten years later, Cunningham reflected on his debut ahead of Sydney Derby XX.

“My first game was in that first 2012 derby,” he said.

“So, [I’ve] come on as the sub, unfortunately not until late in the game.

“I remember Parksy (Luke Parker) broke his jaw and refused to come off with it, to give me a game.

“That was a great memory, being able to play my first game.”

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Since that game, the rivalry has grown significantly, Cunningham explained.

“The rivalry has been able to build over that ten-year period, we’ve been able to play good footy, so hoping Saturday will be just that,” he said.

After a slow start to the season, GWS returned to the winners list last week against Collingwood. Cunningham is wary of his Western rivals, despite Sydney being undefeated to this point.

“They’ve come off a good couple of weeks, playing a good brand of footy,” he said.

“We’re just looking to take it one week at a time, improve every week, because that’s what you gotta do these days in footy.

“You can’t just rock up thinking you’ll get a win, the competition’s too even these days.

“We’ll be looking forward to tomorrow night, and hopefully getting stuck in.”

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