Vice-captain demands Swans consistency

Vice-captain Luke Parker knows how important it is the Swans stay focused after their commanding 50-point win against St Kilda on the weekend, and has demanded consistency from his team mates.

The Swans' complete performance dismantled the St Kilda run-and-gun game plan, and continued Sydney's resurgence after a disappointing start to the season.

After six-straight losses, and well down on his own form, Parker said it was pleasing to be winning again and has called on his team mates to maintain their current standards.

“We want to get on a roll and we know the football that stands up week after week, which is what we bought in the second half,” Parker told ABC Radio post match.

“The confidence is up and we know what stands up. It is a shame we have to play some catch up but hopefully we get on a roll.

“We will try to keep ticking boxes and keep the ball rolling.”

Experienced trio Luke Parker, Josh Kennedy and Dan Hannebery were all well down on their own lofty standards early in the season, struggling to regain their best in a Sydney side well down on form and struggling through injuries.

Having returned to impressive form, it's the emergence of younger and less experienced players that have the leaders of the club impressed.

Leading the list is Jake Lloyd who's moved to the back flank and is the Swans' leading possession winner, averaging career-high 30 disposals per game.

“You know how dangerous he is with the footy, he is so composed under pressure and is able to set us up well,” Parker said.

“He has been super and he has probably been playing wing the last few years but has gone down back this season and doing those kick-ins.

“It is good to have men back who can really use the ball well and are very damaging.”

He's been well supported by another emerging defensive talent, Nic Newman, who's been superb off the half-back flank, likened to Malceski with his accurate left foot, as well as rookie Lewis Melican, who's done enough to keep Aliir Aliir out of the side as the 3rd tall defender.

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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

Melbourne, Australia

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