Tommy Walsh will be given the opportunity to establish himself at the Sidney Swans, according to senior coach John Longmire.
Walsh, who was recruited by the the franchise after moving from St Kilda on the final day of the AFL trade window on Monday, will be allowed to show what he can do, most likely in an attacking role. Longmire, who will link up with Walsh this week, said “We’ll probably look at him a bit forward early in the pre-season.
“He’s played down back for St Kilda reserves and done a good job down there, but he played forward at the back end of the year and kicked six goals against the Collingwood reserves and had a real presence in the forward line.”
“We’ll give him an opportunity to play in that role.”
Outlining his reasons for switching to the Swans, Walsh admitted that it was the chance to prove himself in a different code that motivated the move. “It had nothing to do with St Kilda,” he said
“They were a great club and everything. It was just the opportunity that was presented to me up here really appealed to me so I just went with it.”
“I knew before I came how strong the culture was up here.”
“Most of the guys that have come out here have been very successful, but I’m not trying to emulate anyone or do anything, I’m just trying to be my own player and try and do the best that I can.”