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Ex-Swan emotional over coach departure

By Angela Habashy 19/08/2010 08:16:22 PM Comments (0)

Former Sydney star Michael O'Loughlin admits he may be brought to tears when Swans coach Paul Roos and skipper Brett Kirk sign off at the SCG on Saturday.

O'Loughlin spent several seasons with the duo at the Swans and he says their home farewell against the Western Bulldogs is bound to be an emotional one.

"Without getting too teary, obviously they're great fellas," O'Loughlin, who retired at the end of last season, said.

The ex-forward recalls meeting Roos when he joined the Swans back in 1995 going on to win a premiership in 2005 with his good mate by then coaching the club.

"I've known Roosy, we joined the Swans together," he said.

"He was a superstar. I was a 17-year-old kid and became great mates with him.

"His friendship over the years has been instrumental."

Kirk, 33, will also be farewelling the Swans faithful who have followed every step of his 12-year career in Saturday's clash.

"To run out with Brett Kirk is another thing because he'll go down as one of the greats of the footy club," O'Loughlin said.

"I think I'll have a tear in my eye when he walks off the SCG.

"For a guy who can't run very quickly, can't jump, he's not that strong - jeez he's a good footy player though."

O'Loughlin has been mentoring fifty Indigenous footballers aged 14-15 from all over the country as part of the KickStart Camp this week and those youngsters will be part of the pre-match entertainment before Saturday's clash.

And the Swans legend says his charges are almost as pumped up for the experience as any of the players who will follow them in the day's main show.

"The guys are absolutely pumped to be a part of it," he said.

"The curtain raiser before the game and then to get out and watch these guys play - I dont think there'll be a dry eye in the place."

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