AFL Draft preview: Sydney

THE Swans have plenty of talent across the field but will be looking to invest in depth and inject some pace into their side to ensure that they can feature late into September having made it to the last 10 finals series and only winning one flag. But through some clever swaps during the trade period Sydney secured some pretty handy draft picks to put them in good stead for the upcoming draft.

List needs:

  • Key forward
  • Outside midfielder

Draft selections: 26, 33, 38, 39, 40, 70, 88

With plenty of second round picks Sydney look set to recruit a heap of young guns that will provide that extra layer of depth in the midfield and up forward to help out gun, Buddy Franklin.

Nick Blakey is set to make his way to the red and white with Sydney prepared to match a bid for the talented youngster who is tipped to go somewhere in the first round. He will be a great acquisition for the club with his silky skills and ability to move between the forward line and midfield. Standing at 195cm Blakey has proven that he can have a high impact per possession and can find his way around the goals with ease.

The Swans will also be looking to gain some outside midfielders to provide some more grunt through the centre. Sydney could potentially pick up overager Laitham Vandermeer who has proven he has speed to burn and could be a handy player for the Swans. With Gary Rohan’s speed gone, Vandermeer could fill that role and inject some life into the squad. Other possibilities for Sydney are Will Hamill, Ely Smith and Jack Ross and if they are all still available would be great pick-ups given their talent. Ross offers great balance in the middle while Smith can accumulate plenty of the ball and use his strength to rag-doll opponents making them both valuable assets to the Swans line-up. Western Jets captain, Xavier O’Halloran may also appeal to the Swans given his natural born leadership and versatility to play either midfield or forward.  If Jack Bytel is still around Sydney will be quick to snap him up thanks to his ability to win the ball at stoppages and his penetrating boot, while Tom Joyce is also another solid option for the Swans given his ability to run.

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