Your 2023 Sydney Swans season preview is here, just in time for the start of the new AFL season! Everything you need to know about the Swans is here, all in the one article – aren't you lucky. We’ve got information about squad changes, rankings and stats from last year, key matches to look for, as well as none other than ex-AFL star Heath Shaw’s opinion on how the Swans will go this season.
Let’s get cracking shall we!
Let’s take a little look at the new signings for the Swans, along with all the players they’ve parted ways with:
Ins: Will Edwards, Aaron Francis, Jacob Konstanty, Jaiden Magor, Caleb Mitchell, Cameron Owen and Cooper Vickery
Outs: James Bell, Josh Kennedy, Sam Naismith, Barry O'Connor, Colin O'Riordan, Ben Ronke, Callum Sinclair and Lewis Taylor
Where did the Swans rank for disposals in the AFL last season? Or what about clangers? All the key rankings for the Swans are below:
Frees For: 2nd
Frees Against: 1st
Who had the most goals for the Swans? Who had the most marks? All these stats and more can be found below:
Most Disposals: Luke Parker - 611
Most Tackles: James Rowbottom - 163
Most Clearances: Luke Parker - 150
Most Marks: Callum Mills - 165
Most Goals: Lance Franklin - 52
3 Key Matches To Watch
These are the key matches you can’t miss if you’re a Swans fan (up to Round 15):
Match 1: Round 2, vs Hawks, at SCG (Sun, Mar 26, 1:10pm)
Match 2: Round 7, vs Giants, at SCG (Sat, Apr 29, 2:10pm)
Match 3: Round 15, vs Eagles, at SCG (Sat, Jun 24, 4:35pm)
2023 AFL Season Expectations
The famous Bloods culture turned into a blood bath on Grand Final day, but I’ll be honest I don’t think anyone was beating the Cats in that form.
Ever reliable the Swans and I have no doubt they will be up there again in 2023. They have a perfect balance of youth and experience and last year that youth excelled. Mills, Papley, Heeney and Warner will drive this team back to September.
Predicted Finish: Between 4-8