Swans looking good - Longmire

19 May 2020 19:27:21 GMTPlus10

Coach John Longmire feels Sydney's players have come back in good shape to prepare for their next AFL game.

The Swans were well off finals pace last year, finishing with an 8-14 record that was four wins less than eighth-placed Essendon.

The club are desperate to prove themselves this season, and started the campaign with a four-point win against Adelaide.

They returned to training on Monday, starting a 3.5-week block before getting back into the fray.

Longmire is pleased with what he's seen from them so far and is urging them to hit the ground running.

The coach, whose previous worst season with the Swans was his debut campaign when he earned 13 wins, says the current focus is making sure players aren't at risk of injury once the games begin.

"There's all these stages we'll need to be mindful of and we'll have to monitor them very closely because it's an unusual build-up. We understand that and we need to make sure that we don't put them at risk," added Longmire.

"Probably the whole three weeks is about conditioning them so they don't get injured, or preventing that as much as we can."

Speaking of the players' current condition, he said: "From the initial parts they look as though they're in pretty good shape.

"For a young group, we're the equal second-youngest in the competition, it was an important period to see how they adjusted to that. So far they look pretty good."

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