Saturday's JLT Community Series clash with Brisbane at Moreton Bay will be another chance for Harry Cunningham to consolidate his position in Sydney's best side.
Cunningham was a regular in the Swans team under John Longmire from 2014-16, playing 64 games over the three seasons, but a serious foot injury restricted the speedster to just 11 appearances last year.
The 24-year-old partially tore the Lisfranc ligament in his right foot against St Kilda in round nine and didn't return to the senior team until round 23, and while he was solid in Sydney's two finals, Cunningham struggled to have his usual impact.
A valuable member of the side because of his pace and versatility, Cunningham has started 2018 in good form after starring in Sydney's AFLX tournament and following that up with another hit out against the Giants in an inter-club match on Friday.
He said last year's difficulties helped him prepare for his seventh season in the AFL.
"It was difficult, but injuries are a part of footy and you've just got to deal with them and move on," he said on Monday.
"With injuries comes opportunities and challenges to show a bit of resilience and hit back, and I was able to do that and play finals footy towards to end of the year.
"I can take some positives from the way I came back and worked my way back into the team."
Cunningham admitted he still hadn't nailed down a set position in the Swans' team, having spent time on a wing, across half-back and forward, but does see his ability to play all over the ground as a huge positive for his own game.
"I like playing through the midfield and in defence where the game is in front of me and I feel like I can have an impact on games by running and carrying the footy," he said.
"In saying that, I think you need to be able to play in different positions, and these days I don't think there's many players that have one set position.
"I think you've got to be able to adapt and hopefully I'll continue to do that."
The Lions took out the AFLX title by beating the Swans in the Grand Final, and while Cunningham won't be reading too much into that result, he is prepared for a spirited challenge from the new-look Brisbane side.
"I think there's been a lot of talk about Brisbane and how they've changed their line-up, and they'll bring a competitive edge no doubt," he said.
"They've said they're going to go after the contested footy this year, which is what we pride ourselves on."