The Swans have already added two players to their 2024 playing list as part of the Free Agency period last week, adding two former premiership players, former Melboure midfielder James Jordan and Fremantle defender Joel Hamling.
See what Sydney Swans Executive General Manager- AFL, Charlie Gardiner, had to say about the new recruits as a well as potential trade week targets, Brodie Grundy and Taylor Adams.
On securing Jordan and Hamling
We are probably in a position to be more active than we have been in the last few years and James was a free agent we were really keen to bring in. We really liked him in his draft year, has started his career well and come from a good program and we think he adds to our midfield depth. He is a good runner and works really hard so we are happy to have him.
Joel is another free agent who we thought added to our group. Unfortunately losing Paddy (McCartin) we needed some more support back there. Joel is a premiership player, he is a little bit of a forgotten man in terms of what he's been able to do. We think he's been denied a bit of opportunity at Fremantle for good reason with some stars in their back half. We think he can play a valuable role for us and he's a mature head to guide our young group.
On Brodie Grundy
We haven't had any meaningful discussions with Melbourne as yet, we will do that over the next week or so.
My sense is that it (Grundy's decision to nominate Sydney) was a football decision and Sydney is really attractive to him in terms of the group. We need some support around our midfield. We think Pete Ladhams is developing nicely but he needs some support, he can play forward but we think Brodie can really help our young midfielders. We have the youngest midfield in the competition in an era where the most successful team has had the most exp midfield group, we think he can really aadd to that department.
On Taylor Adams
We have an interest in Taylor. Obviously he is contracted like Brodie so we will have to work with Collingwood and Melbourne on those. As I said, we have a young midfield (and that is with Callum Mills and Luke Parker in there). If you look at our Club Champion results last week, we had Errol Gulden (winner) who is 21 and James Rowbottom (third) who is 23. Chad Warner finished second the year before and he's not even 22. We think we have a really good group in there but they need some support and that is why we are going down this path and we are pleased we can be a bit more active in this period.
Stay tuned to sydneyswans.com.au and the club's social media channels for trade week content over the coming week.