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Youngsters have Swans excited about future

Adrian Warren 15/05/2011 05:44:03 PM Comments (0)

Sydney's emerging crop of youngsters has coach John Longmire excited about the AFL club's future following the Swans' 62-point shellacking of Port Adelaide.

The Swans' team in Saturday's SCG victory contained 10 players, aged 22 or under, and 11 with less than 50 senior appearances.

Longmire was thrilled about the efforts of his young guns.

"We're excited to play these young kids, but we think they can actually contribute to our team to win on the weekend, as well as be better players in the longer term," Longmire said.

"Half the team has played 50 games or less, which I think is fantastic for the future of the footy club, but it's also good for now.

"We feel as though we've changed the list a fair bit in the last two years and some of the kids coming through, we are really excited about, and we think are good for the future.

"But it's important that they are good now. It's not an excuse if you are young. You need to come in and perform."

Young centre half forward Sam Reid, who enjoyed a big night against Port with a three-goal haul, recognised the opportunities for his generation.

"It's a credit to the young guys fighting for the spots, and I suppose putting pressure on the senior guys to perform, or else their spots will be taken because the reserves now are performing really well," Reid told AAP.

"There's always pressure coming from the bottom and that's probably the key to a successful club."

Reid, whose brother Ben had already won a premiership at Collingwood, was rated highly by Longmire.

"We really think he can play. We've invested some games into him," Longmire said.

"I think he's been playing pretty well, but hasn't been hitting the scoreboard. For him to kick three straight as a young key position player, in one of the hardest positions on the ground, I thought it was a fantastic result for him."

Reid credited a chat with Swans' forward coach John Blakey for helping him after he kicked 1.6 in his first six games this season.

"We do a review every week, and he said the opportunities were there. You just need to start putting them through and last night I was lucky enough to do so," Reid said.

Longmire was impressed with the comeback of halfback Nick Malceski, who played in the reserves just over 10 weeks since undergoing a second LARS operation for a second serious knee injury.

"I thought he looked really sharp, played really well," Longmire said.

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