Justin McInerney ready to help Sydney Swans break glass ceiling


“I used to be a Carlton fan, so I didn’t get to see many finals as a Carlton fan, nevertheless it was nice enjoyable.”

It’s considerably becoming he was a Carlton supporter. McInerney was born with the umbilical twine round his neck and “got here out blue”, so goes the story he advised his Swans teammates earlier than his AFL debut in 2019.

Quick-forward to this week and McInerney is a Swan, an important a part of the younger brigade – that includes James Rowbottom, Errol Gulden, Nick Blakey and Logan McDonald – which has revived Sydney throughout a nine-game profitable streak that has led to the final Saturday in September.

Who is aware of if they might be right here with out McInerney’s gorgeous intercept mark and aim in a one-point preliminary ultimate win over Collingwood final week, choosing off a Darcy Moore kick meant for Jeremy Howe and booting a aim to convey Swans followers to their ft.

McInerney is not any stranger to being thrown within the deep finish, having moved from Melbourne to Sydney to launch his profession. That was a actuality verify for somebody who “wouldn’t have finished something after I was a child; no washing, no cooking, none of that”.


It meant he needed to depend on his Swans teammates like nobody else. McInerney says some among the many youthful crew hardly spend a minute aside, which might make Sydney’s first flag in 10 years all of the extra particular.

“We joke about it a bit with Errol and Logan that they got here in and it’s simply all been profitable. We performed finals final 12 months and finals once more this 12 months. When myself, Nick Blakey and Rowey first bought to the membership, we had been fourth-last and third-last, so it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows,” McInerney mentioned.

“To get right here now, it’s a credit score to the employees, the membership and the teaching group. There’s the gamers we’ve bought across the membership, Parksy [Luke Parker], Ramps [Dane Rampe], and even Joey [Josh Kennedy], although he’s not taking part in this 12 months, he has had a large influence on our careers. It’s simply unimaginable we’ve come this far and we’re in a grand ultimate, it’s wonderful.”

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