Sydney Swans VFL recruit Paddy McCartin made a successful return in the VFL Swans final preseason game against the Giants on Friday.

The 24-year old, former number one draft pick, who played 35 games for St.Kilda, said post game he was pleased to 'get through' his first game in two years and his first in Swans colours.

"It was good to get through and get a feel for it again and I really enjoyed it," McCartin said.

"It's been a long time coming so to get through the game and feel good was awesome.

"It's been 2 years so I had that anticipation and the pregame nerves but it was good to feel that again and run around with the boys, we had a good win too."

McCartin played down back to start the match, allowing him to get a few touches and then made his way up to the forward line as the game progressed.

"It was about getting a feel for it. When you haven't done something for a while you just want to get a feel for it again and that's what I did," McCartin said.

The VFL side had a slow start but came home strong, kicking nine final quarter goals to record a 37-point victory in the final practice game of the pre-season ahead of Round 1 next week.

Lewis Melican, Will Hayward, Ryan Clarke, Hayden McLean and Dylan Stephens were among the standout performers for the day.

"There's a lot of AFL listed boys that are playing so that gives everyone a lot of confidence going in," McCartin said.

"We had to grind out a win today but that's what good teams do.

"We keep taking learnings from each game going into next week and everyone is chomping at the bit to get stuck into the proper stuff."

The Sydney Swans VFL team kick off their first season in the new-look VFL competition on Saturday April 17th at 12.30pm at Tramway Oval (opposite the SCG) as a pre-curser for Sydney Derby XX.

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Paddy McCartin spoke after his first hit-out in 2 years in a practice match against the Giants.

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