Angus links with the Sydney Swans

Angus Anderson playing for the Sydney Swans Academy. Photo: Sydney Swans

Angus Anderson is set to link with the Sydney Swans as he takes the next step on his quest to develop into the best footballer he can become.

Despite missing out on selection at the national draft, the Swans have impressed upon Angus that they want to keep him in their system. This has been made clear through numerous conversations with the Swans General Manager of Recruitment, Kinnear Beetson, Senior Coach John Longmire, and Head Coach of the Swans Academy, Jared Crouch.

As a result, the Swans have offered Angus the chance to relocate to Sydney to train with the VFL and AFL listed players. Once the season gets underway Angus will play primarily with the NAB League team and will turn out for the VFL team whenever his NAB League commitments allow.

As an overage player in the NAB League team (Under 18) Angus will be expected to take on a leadership role within the group. His time with the Swans will be managed by the Senior club, rather than the Swans Academy, and rubbing shoulders with the elite players on a daily basis will help build not only his footy skills, but also his leadership capabilities.

“I’m really looking forward to getting down to Sydney and getting stuck into the training”, said Angus.

“I wanted the chance to challenge myself and learn as much as possible, and the opportunity offered by the Swans allows me to do just that.

“Following the draft I’ve received a couple of offers to move to Melbourne to play NAB League and VFL but chose to remain with the Sydney Swans development program as it’s the best fit for me right now.”

Angus was understandably disappointed to have missed selection at the draft. This was a view that was echoed by AFL draft guru, Kevin Sheehan, who identified Angus as one of the unlucky players to miss out in an article he wrote for the Herald Sun on Sunday.

Despite this, Angus quickly dusted himself off and got straight back to work, preparing to travel to Sydney for a Swans Academy Top End Program session on Saturday. It is this resilience and commitment that will ensure that Angus makes every post a winner in his time with the Sydney Swans.

The opportunity with Sydney may lead to Angus being considered by AFL clubs during either the Pre-Season Supplemental Selection Period which is slated for March next year, or the Mid-Season draft in June 2022.