2022 Pocket Profile: Sydney Swans
Next Pocket Profile we need to unveil is for the Sydney Swans! We’ve reached out to diehard Bloods fan, Zane, to give us the lowdown on the Swans for the 2022 SuperCoach season.
It was a meteoric rise back to finals footy for the Swannies in 2021. On the back of standout years from a mix of young & old. Such as the long heralded move to the midfield of Callum Mills ($612,00 MID) or the likes of Errol Gulden ($415,600 FWD) who burst onto the scene along with a plethora of other young bloods, such as Justin McInerney ($411,00 DEF/MID) who showed his ability to score well with 7 scores over 90 and with Dawson departing the smooth mover could be the guy to take over that wing.
Contested ball & clearances were an issue & was addressed at the draft with the likes of Angus Sheldrick ($130,800 MID) & Matty Roberts ($117,00 MID) being brought in but with border closures the Swans got them along with the likes of Logan McDonald ($288,500 FWD) & others to stay home as to not risk not being able to get back home for Christmas, and so have not taken part in the initial training with the rest of the team & makes me cautious of there chances of being picked in round one.
Jake Lloyd ($586,600 DEF)
The ultimate SuperCoach defender. This man just doesn’t miss games of football, he has a high ceiling and rarely, if ever, turns out a stinker. Only once did he do the limbo below 90 last year & that was with a respectful 73. You only have to look to his other scores of 154, 142 & 124 to see his ability to turn out scores that absolutely hurt as much listening to BT say “Lloooooooyyyd” does, if you don’t own him. Now that Jordan Dawson has gone, he should increase the number of kick outs he takes, which means there’s a good chance he receives an uptick in points. Lock & load Lloyd!
Isaac Heeney ($454,500 FWD)
This is easy peezy; just pick Isaac Heeney.
Seriously, this will be Mills 2.0 & if he’s not in the top 8 forwards for total points at the end of the year, I will buy a GWS membership and anyone that knows me, knows how much I dislike GWS. His injury past is irrelevant as they have not been soft tissue, and he has actually played through his injuries, and well. At this price point and reports from Horse (John Longmire) saying Heeney is looking at a 70/30 mid/forward split, he was the first picked player for my own team this year. He loves to tackle & if he’s going to be spending more time on the ball combined with his ability to be clean while winning the contested possession has me salivating over the prospect as much as Lockett & Kickett were over the hamburger props during those Hungry Jack’s ads back in the day.
James Rowbottom ($406,800 MID)
Where’s there’s smoke there’s fire and this bloke I have a feeling is going to run hot!
He was injured in Rnd 1 & only played 62% time on ground (TOG) but scored 117 with 8 tackles which is his bread & butter, not to mention tackles are a great point generator. He returned in round 6, but didn’t really hit his straps until round 8, and even though being managed with 63% TOG he still scored 107, and then in round 9 he scored 100 points with just 66% TOG. He was in & out of the team from then on only playing 9 out of 13 games between rounds 10 & 22 averaging 65% TOG. One game, he even played a VFL game earlier that same day. If James Rowbottom can keep his body in check, his SuperCoach average is only going to rise, and hopefully his time on ground, too.
Paddy McCartin? ($102,400? DEF? FWD?)
I really could have gone a number of ways here. Dylan Stephens ($167,800 MID) is in his 3rd year and if he can get comfortable at the speed and more confidence, he could be a great selection. The enigma better known as Will Gould ($123,900 DEF) who was close to making a debut last year, will no doubt make his debut this year but its a tough side to break into so when that will be is anyone’s guess. Wouldn’t surprise me to see either of the two new guys in Angus Sheldrick ($130,800 MID) or Matthew Roberts ($117,300 MID) debut early with Swans desperately wanting to improve their contested ball. I’ve been cheeky though, and we haven’t “officially” picked up Paddy, but I’m choosing him as the best Rookie selection. He should be bottom basement price & as any Swans fan will tell you we need a tall defender desperately & I believe he is our man from round 1.
Oliver Florent ($416,200 MID)
It took everything in me not to name Gould just to mess with everyone as I’ve seen him named in more teams then I’ve seen photos of Isaac Heeney with his shirt off, but unfortunately Gould is not guaranteed a spot in the Swans’ best 22. As much as I’d love for the big man to play, it’s a ridiculous competitive role with Colin O’Riordan ($198,100 DEF) & Robbie Fox ($325,400 DEF) both vying for the same role, and we saw Nick Blakey ($325,100 DEF) start to look at home down back, too. So I have gone with Oli Florent, who hasn’t improved his decision making or execution levels to a point that I can see him being able to make that next jump. He’s an extremely talented footballer, who if he did improve those aspects of his game could easily be in the breakout category, but alas those steps are yet to even look close to be anticipated as a possibility.