The Sydney Swans QBE Academy will play their first game of the season against Greater Western Sydney on Sunday.

The squad will gather for their first competitive hit out of the season against the Giants at Tom Willis Oval.

Academy Coach Jared Crouch said it was exciting to be able to assist in the development of quality young talent.

“It is exciting as it is the start of the season for the U16’s and U18’s so I am looking forward to starting the games,” Crouch said.

“I expect the guys to be hard at the ball, the will make mistakes like I did as a player but as long as they have a crack that is all we expect.”

Port Macquarie local Max Lower is set to take part in his first match for the Academy in a sign of the influence the system is playing at developing young local talent.

Lower said he was thrilled to be given the opportunity.

“It is really exciting to be playing my first game for the Academy this weekend and I am just so happy that I have been given the opportunity.”

“I have loved being part of the Academy and appreciate all they have done in helping me continue to develop my game.”

Sunday’s match will be Crouch’s coaching debut in charge of the Academy after taking over from Michael O’Loughlin.