Recently retired Swan Jarrad McVeigh has joined the club’s coaching structure as part of a shake up.
McVeigh will look after the midfield group, who was previously coached by Brett Kirk and Dean Cox.
He will share the midfield duties with Tadhg Kennelly, who makes way for John Blakey in defence. Kirk will move to a development coaching role, as Cox will now take on a performance analysis and a field strategy role.
Swans head of football Charlie Gardiner told AFL.com he feels the former captain and two-time best and fairest winner can make a positive impact on the team as early as now, as the Swans first to fourth-year players began their pre-season on Monday.
“Jarrad had an outstanding career and in many ways, has been like an on-field coach over the past few years,” Gardiner said.
“I see him making a smooth transition into coaching.
“He’s highly respected, he has a great relationship with all of our players and staff, and he’ll be a really valuable addition to the coaching team.
“We have a very stable coaching group but have looked to make some structural tweaks and changes to roles, which I think will improve us.”
Additionally, champion forward Lance Franklin surprised on-lookers as he joined teammates on the track for his 16th pre-season.
The 32-year-old 300 gamer only played 10 games last season due to Hamstring woes.
The Swans look to hit the training track hard after a disappointing season seeing them finish 15th with only eight wins in 2019.