Sydney Swans midfielder Ben McGlynn bursts from a stoppage against the Brisbane Lions. Photo: AFL Media
Sydney Swans midfielder Ben McGlynn bursts from a stoppage against the Brisbane Lions. Photo: AFL Media

McGlynn on track for another big season with the Swans

IT'S not a full scale match but footy fans who make their way to C.ex Coffs International Stadium tomorrow morning will still see a game.

Sydney Swans midfielder Ben McGlynn said there'll be some hard work in the morning for him and his teammates before some fun at Bonville Golf Resort in the afternoon.

The Swans are holding an open training session at the Stadium from 8.30am and McGlynn said there'll be a solid match practice workout during the session.

"It's not going to be flatout but we'll be playing four 10 minute quarters which will be monitored pretty closely by the coaching staff," McGlynn said.

"We'll be starting to ramp up the training now as we're not far away from the NAB Challenge matches."

While the Swans are holding a pre-season camp in Coffs Harbour for the third consecutive year, McGlynn has been a regular vistor to Coffs Harbour since childhood.

As a boy McGlynn would jump in the van with his parents and three brothers and make the 18-hour trek from the far south-western NSW town of Wentworth to Coffs Harbour for family holidays.

"All the boys are really excited to be in Coffs," the midfielder said.

"We have a pretty good relationship with Coffs Harbour and we'll be doing some work in the community on Thursday.

"It's good to get away to Coffs because it offers a change in environment. Instead of walking into the same changerooms every day, being in Coffs offers a chance to be different which is something we really enjoy."

This week's trip is a lot more comfortable than those taken in his childhood days.

And part of that comfort is the round at Bonville.

The 29 year-old admits he doesn't play as much golf as he'd like to but hopes he can play to his 20-handicap as he takes on the picturesque layout before nominating Josh Kennedy, Jarrad McVeigh and development coach Nick Davis as the Swans to keep an eye out for on the fairways and greens.

Since crossing over from Hawthorn at the start of the 2010 season, McGlynn notched up his 100th game for the Swans in last year's grand final.

Not that he's feeling like he has an automatic spot in the team when selectors sit down to pick the side each week. In fact this pre-season McGlynn admits he's been looking over his shoulder a bit.

"The young boys came back in great condition and have really put the pressure on the older guys," he said.

That pressure should make for some interesting match practice tomorrow morning.