The Sydney Swans are preparing to face Essendon at the SCG tomorrow night for their upcoming Round Four clash.
Sydney have started the season with three wins, after victories over the Brisbane Lions, Adelaide Crows and most recently Richmond at the MCG.
Confidence is high amongst the squad but co-captain Josh Kennedy says the side are not getting too far ahead of themselves after a solid start to the season, knowing there is still plenty of room for improvement in the young group.
The Swans have showed a free-flowing, attacking style of football, built off the back of effort and pressure, but the 261-game veteran knows that there is still a lot of football to be played and is well aware of how quickly things can change.
“In terms of the expectations for the year and looking longer term, we are still trying to improve, and we still have a lot of improvement in us,” Kennedy said when speaking with RSN on Wednesday morning.
“That is really the focus, on a week-to-week basis in terms of what can we learn from every game, how can we get better.
“We are only three games in so there is a lot of footy to be played.”
Kennedy has been impressed by a handful of the young players and their strong starts to their respective careers.
The Swans leader has seen first-hand their attitude and application to training throughout the pre-season and their desire for continual improvement, so the early success is no surprise to the co-captain.
Over the opening three rounds of the competition, Errol Gulden, Braeden Campbell and Chad Warner have earnt NAB AFL Rising Star nominations.
It has been the first time in the 28-year history of the award that one club has received three nominations in a row.
“The young kids that have come through and the way they have applied themselves, trained and their attitudes to try and get better, and from my point, it was a matter of time before they took the baton and ran with it.” Kennedy said.
“It has been really exciting to see and I’m very proud to see that translate into on field performance.”
Sydney has scored an average of 121-points per game to start their 2021 season.
While there have been discussions in the media about the improvement of Sydney’s ball movement and their growth in attack, Kennedy said it was something the side has been working on for some time and noted that while there had been improvements in the side’s scoring over the first three weeks, the rule changes also had a big impact.
“I think it’s fair to say given our scoring average on previous years, but it is only three weeks in,” Kennedy said when asked if there was a particular emphasis on the Swans’ attack over the pre-season.
“It is not something that has dramatically changed over the course of this pre-season, it is something we have been working on for a number of years and it is really coming together now which is great to see,” he continued.
“With the man on the mark rule, it has probably put a bigger emphasis on it,” Kennedy added.
“You can see with games being played, just how fast the ball can get from one end of the ground to the other so I think that has had a big impact on it as well.
“Not just for us, but across the entire competition.”
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