THERE weren’t any new faces in the Swans playing list at their first pre-season training session but they made up for a quiet trade period with a star-studded injection of talent to the coaches box.
The line-up of new assistants looks like a selection of the best of the 2000s with Geelong triple premiership player and former Giant Steve Johnson, legendary Eagles ruckman Dean Cox and Sydney premiership player Tadhg Kennelly all joining John Longmire’s staff.
Kennelly makes his return the red and whites for the first time since his retirement in 2011.
“It’s a great line up of coaches and we all bring different theories and philosophies to the game,” Kennelly said.
“Our understanding of the game is different because we’ve worked under different coaches.
“We’ve also had some rivalry, Kirky and I have the Swans connection against West Coast where we had some epic battles against Dean and some great battles with Stevie at Geelong and GWS. We’re already starting to build a good dynamic.”
All of the Swans first to fourth year players presented fit and well for the opening pre-season training session at Sydney Grammar School.
Tom Papley (shin and knee) and Isaac Heeney (glandular fever) both suffered major setbacks to their preparations for this year but trained strongly and came through unscathed.