Longmire fronts the press ahead of Eagles clash

John Longmire has fronted the press today ahead of the do or die Eagles clash on Thursday night. With the crucial clash ahead, he's just not that interested in September yet.

The Swans are winless and in 16th position, after two losses at home to Port Adelaide and Collingwood, and an away loss to reigning premiers, the Western Bulldogs. This has prompted many in the media to declare that Longmires' streak of finals appearances is in jeopardy.

But with a tough trip west and an important Sydney derby in round 5, there's every change that the Swans could be 0-5, making the top 4 an all but impossible task, not that Longmire is looking that far ahead.

"We can understand outside discussions about where we sit (on the ladder) and our opportunities at the end of the year, but internally it's very much about (putting) one foot in front of the other, and getting that right.

"Getting our training sessions right and getting our preparation right and getting our games right at this time of the year, because the results at the end of the year tends to take care of themselves if you get your performance right from week to week.

"We know we need to play better, that's our immediate aim, and we've got confidence that we can do that, but we need to get going, clearly."

Tippett is one of several missing Swans players that could be available for selection. When asked about Tippett, he said they would know today if he would be available for selection.

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When asked about youth and inexperience, Longmire said that he will continue to pick an inexperienced side, so long as the younger players were in form and could handle the physical demands of regular senior football.

"You saw the way they were running around on the weekend, and particularly in the last quarter … those young boys kicked a couple of important goals," he said.

"(Will) Hayward looked nice and lively and was giving (the side) plenty of energy, so whilst they're in that frame of mind, the signs are pretty good.

"We're looking at players that are playing well at the moment, and a lot of those young players have earned their spots in the team.

"We're not just in the habit of giving games to the young kids for the sake of getting their numbers up, and we still think there's a couple more that could come in as well."

The Swans are due to welcome back Jarrad McVeigh (calf) and Isaac Heeney (glandular fever), who'll join Tom Papley (knee) and Gary Rohan (back) training in the main group, pushing for selection in the next fortnight.

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Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

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