No Tadgh Kennelly this season but Sydney Swans are hoping that fellow Kerryman Tommy Walsh will ‘deliver the goods’ following his signing from St Kilda’s. As the Christmas and New Year festivities are now but a memory, it is ‘back to work’ time for Walsh and his new Swans colleagues.
With so many ‘new’ and not so new, Irish in Sydney it was always likely that Walsh would settle quickly in the locality as has proved the case. Walsh told SwansTV that he feels also very much ‘at home’ in his new surrounds and is looking forward to the serious training in the weeks ahead.
“Training has been solid since we got back from the break last week. We had a very tough session on the first day back and we’ve just kicked on from there,” Walsh said.
“All of the boys have come back in good shape so it’s exciting for the rest of the season.”
Time does go quickly though and but six weeks to go before the Swans meet Geelong and St Kilda in the NAB Cup series at the Etihad Stadium – on 24 February to be precise.
“Because I’m new, I’m still learning the game plan and working on my leading patterns and follow up work,” Walsh added.
“Everyone’s got a lot to work on, but you have to just keep plugging away and hopefully it all comes together.
“It’s tough work but I expected that. I feel I’m fitting in well and getting to know all the boys and the way the team plays.”
Like his fellow Kerryman , Walsh will wear the number 17 made famous by Kennelly.
“No doubt I have big boots to fill and a big head to fill too,” he joked of taking on Kennelly’s old number.
“I just hope I don’t lose my hair as quickly as Tadhg did.”