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Reid's welcome for Tippett

James Dampney  December 19, 2012 11:27 AM

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Sam Reid has welcomed Kurt Tippett's arrival at the Swans


SYDNEY Swans forward Sam Reid has embraced Kurt Tippett's arrival at the club, even offering him a spare room at his house as the former Crow adjusts to life in Sydney.

Tippett landed in the harbour city last week to begin training with the premiers, having finally made the move from Adelaide.

Once Tippett nominated the Swans as his destination of choice, there was some talk about what that could mean for Reid, with one report stating the Crows were hoping for a trade between the key forwards.

But Reid, who turns 21 next week, was never on the trading table and can't wait to start playing alongside Tippett, once his suspension ends in round 12 next season.

"It's really exciting," Reid said. "He's been training a little bit and being eased into it.

"It's exciting to have another big key forward down there.

"He'll come in half way through the year, which is unfortunate, but I'm looking forward to it."

The spearheads, who are set to hold down the Swans' forward line for years to come, are even living together at Reid's house in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

"Just at the moment until he finds a place to either rent or buy," Reid said.

"I had a spare room and thought I'll probably be playing alongside him, so I may as well get to know him and build a bit of a relationship.

"He seems like a good guy and it's good to have him here."

Swans coach John Longmire is certain Tippett's arrival can only help his new teammate rather than hindering Reid or limiting his opportunities.

"Sam Reid is a 20-year-old centre half-forward in a Grand Final team," Longmire said.

"That's a pretty good start to our forward half.

"Whether it's Tommy Walsh or Lewis Roberts-Thomson or it's Kurt Tippett, we think that can help Sam Reid and we're confident he's going to be a really good player for this footy club and this will help him."

Reid expects Tippett to help take some pressure off him as he continues to learn the game.

The young Swan also has some specific goals – and role models – as he strives to join the competition's elite forwards.

"Obviously I'd like to get stronger and that will be a goal for the next few years, to add a bit of size and strength," he said.

"Plus the endurance side, just seeing guys like Buddy Franklin and Nick Riewoldt, who can run around all day.

"They've got a perfect mix of strength and power as well as endurance.

"That's something I want to work towards."

Reid says he has "never felt happier" than when the final siren went on Grand Final day at the MCG.

It is a feeling he wants to have again and is shared by his teammates, who arrived back for pre-season training in impressive shape.

Reid and teammate Luke Parker were even back on a treadmill during an off-season trip to Mexico.

"Everyone is still really hungry," he said.

"Winning it last year was such an incredible feeling and we want to do it again next year.

"I think everyone has shown they're really committed to that by the way they've come back."