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Swans to do well under Longmire: Malceski

24/11/2010 06:11:24 PM Comments (0)

Long-serving Sydney onballer Nick Malceski is tipping a smooth transition for new Swans head coach John Longmire, who has replaced club legend Paul Roos.

Malceski says Longmire will draw on his eight years working as assistant coach and predicts he will fit in well in his new job.

"Obviously John's been working under Roosy for eight years and obviously Roosy would have been teaching him all the tricks of the trade," Malceski said on Wednesday.

Longmire, a former North Melbourne premiership player, was promoted to senior coach in September, following the retirement of Paul Roos.

Although Malceski's entire career at Sydney has been under Roos' leadership, he says he is comfortable with the prospect of being coached by Longmire.

"It's good because I've been here with Horse (Longmire) the whole time and I have a good relationship with him. I think it will be a good year."

The new coach joined Malceski and a group of other Swans players on a gruelling running session at the Kurnell sand dunes in Cronulla on Wednesday.

The Swans had a solid 2010 season, finishing fifth on the ladder and losing a narrow semi-final to the Western Bulldogs.

Malceski says the key to their 2010 success was in their pre-season preparations.

He says he was pleasantly surprised to have recorded a personal best 3km time trial during the club's first session back on Monday.

He added that this year's pre-season program was more intense than last year and has started earlier in the season.

"We've had the 3km (run) on Monday and some running afterwards and then we've had this. Thank God we've got nothing this afternoon."

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