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Swan McGlynn believes Hawks can fly high

By Adrian Warren 03/08/2010 06:11:17 PM Comments (0)

Sydney recruit Ben McGlynn believes his resurgent former club Hawthorn is putting itself in a position to win the AFL premiership, as he prepares to face them for the first time on Saturday.

A recent surge in which the Hawks have won eight and drawn one of their last 10 games has lifted them over slumping Sydney into sixth spot.

While the floundering Swans have crashed to eighth following a run of eight losses in 12 games, Hawthorn are coming good at the right end of the year.

Asked on Tuesday if Hawthorn were in a position to add another premiership to the one they won in 2008, McGlynn said: "I definitely believe so."

"Earlier in the year they were disappointing, but I think they changed their game plan and they've got the talent there," he said.

"But I think their mind and attitude has changed a lot and I reckon they will go very far in September regardless of finishing outside of the (top) four."

Pressed to elaborate on how the Hawks have changed their game plan, McGlynn said: "They've tweaked a little bit.

"Obviously the pressure is still there, but I think they've changed a few things strategic-wise."

Asked if the Swans have held any crisis meetings following successive 73 and 53 point drubbings by Melbourne and Geelong respectively, McGlynn joked Sydney had already "had too many crisis meetings this year already."

"You can sit there and talk and have all the meetings you want, but I think it's more about your attitude on the field and what you can deliver," he continued.

"To me, actions speak louder than words, so hopefully we can do that this weekend.

"We've got to get back to playing hard contested footy and that's what we're going to focus on the next four weeks".

McGlynn, who was traded to Sydney late last year was looking forward to Saturday's SCG clash with the Hawks.

The lightweight small forward-midfielder missed Sydney's two-point loss to Hawthorn at the MCG back in round 10 due to a quadriceps injury which kept him out for seven weeks.

Before the injury, McGlynn kicked nine goals in four games and has landed seven majors in as many matches since his return.

Relishing regular senior football with Sydney, McGlynn said he was grateful to Hawthorn for giving him his first crack in the AFL and had learnt a lot in his four-season, 44 game career with the Hawks.

He said he had been in contact with current Hawk Brad Sewell and expected the banter to continue on the field this weekend.

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