Everyone wants to talk about how last year finished, but the truth is we addressed it long ago.
There were definitely things we would‘ve liked to have done differently on Grand Final day, but ultimately Geelong were flawless and, after addressing it thoroughly, we moved on – you have to in the AFL.
The reality is you can’t be stuck in the past when the game moves so quick and, as Horse said in the aftermath, the way last year finished doesn’t define us.
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A couple of days after the match we caught up back in Sydney as a group and had an open chat addressing the way things ended, putting a full stop on it so we could enjoy the off-season break and come back with a full head of steam, which we have.
Our group is such a tight knit one and we are growing every day.
There’s so much to look forward to in 2023 after one of the toughest but also enjoyable pre-seasons I’ve had at the Swans. We’ve pushed ourselves to the limit but also had fun, with Horse striking that balance perfectly.
It‘s hard not to get excited when you consider some of the players in our side who have played less than 50 games but have already shown so much.
Chad Warner is probably only going to keep improving and Errol Gulden showed in the practice match against Carlton how hard he’s been working over the off-season.
Logan McDonald is such a strong character, too. He was happy for his teammates playing in the Grand Final even though he wasn’t out there and he is one of the hardest working guys at a club full of them.
Caleb Mitchell has been amazing, Cam Owen has been great in the ruck too, then there‘s Jacob Konstanty who had a really strong start to the pre-season.
There’s growth everywhere you look here and it’s capped off by our new HQ at the Royal Hall of Industries – it’s genuinely world-class and can only help us further.
For me personally, I’m aiming to up the ante in terms of my leadership in 2023. I want to bring the young kids along with me and help develop them as well as challenging the older boys to try and get better.
It‘s not just going to happen for us in 2023 and we are leaving no stone unturned to make sure we’re as good as we possibly can be.
The way last season ended was far from what we wanted, but what I‘ve seen so far in 2023 should give Swans fans every reason to get excited.
Isaac Heeney is a Foxtel ambassador. He has played 154 games for the Swans and was selected in the All-Australian side in 2022.
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