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Parker defiant ahead of Derby

Sydney Swans Media  April 19, 2017 3:09 PM

Sydney Derby XII joint presser - Rd 5, 2017 The Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney coaches and players talk about the upcoming Sydney Derby XII at the SCG on Saturday night.
Luke Parker speaks to the media ahead of Sydney Derby XII on Saturday night.

Luke Parker speaks to the media ahead of Sydney Derby XII on Saturday night.

A defiant Luke Parker is in little doubt his side has what it takes to turn around a disappointing start to the 2017 season.

The Swans will be in search of their first win of the season on Saturday night in Sydney Derby XII at the SCG.

The 24-year-old vice-captain said his side was aware of what they needed to do to improve on a winless start to the season.

“We haven’t lost confidence at all in the standard of football that we can play,” Parker said.

“We’ve been a good team for a number of seasons and you don’t just lose that in a month of football.

“I have full faith that we have the right team to be able to bounce back and get our season back on track.”

A win would be the Swans ninth over the Giants in a short 12-game history between the two sides.

Parker, the 2016 Brett Kirk medallist for best on ground in the Sydney Derby, is averaging 24 disposals a game this season.

As a player who consistently sets high standards he says he’s one of a number of Swans who need to lift.

“It hasn’t been up to my standard that I set for myself so I need to improve as an individual and drive the group to get better as well,” Parker said.

“The main thing for us is that we have a weight of numbers and a lot more guys playing at the standard that we know they can play up to.

“That will help us get back to where we want to be.”

Isaac Heeney, Jarrad McVeigh, Kurt Tippett and Gary Rohan all trained with the main group on Tuesday as they look to push for a recall to the side to take on the Giants.

“It is always exciting to have those senior guys back in action,” Parker said.

“At their best, they are in our best 22. They are all leaders of our club and have been so crucial to the success of this club in the past.”