Training session a smoother landing for Swans
THE Sydney Swans players thought the work they'd be asked to do on the training track would be the hardest part of their pre-season camp in Coffs Harbour.
As it turns out the most difficult part of the camp so far was in the minutes leading up to the Swans' arrival at the Coffs Harbour Regional Airport.
Sydney Swans defender Jeremy Laidler revealed the plane the squad was flying in didn't provide the smoothest passage to terra firma.
A situation that had the players laughing at one teammate in particular.
"Dane Rampe doesn't really like flying so he was a bit nervous but the pilot took about three goes to land so it's a bit different for us but we landed safely so it's good," Laidler said.
The versatile defender worked hard this morning alongside his teammates in humid conditions at C.ex Coffs International Stadium.
"A solid session today, we had a good hitout. We sweated it out, lost a few kilos with the sweat," the 26 year-old said.
Now into his third season with the Swans after stints at Geelong and Carlton, Laidler said the camp in Coffs Harbour is something all of the players look forward to.
"It's great, a different environment, see different people and it's good for the team, a bit of bonding," he said.
"Tomorrow we're going to get out and do a bit of golf and a bit of go-karting.
"We really enjoy it because it really breaks up the pre-season. Pre-season does go for a while so it's good to change things up."
Laidler said the players are optimistic about the season ahead with a large proportion of the club's key players enjoying an uninterupted pre-season including key forwards Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett.
"I think we're going pretty well. We've got a lot of people out on the track which is good," he said.
"The boys have been training really good and it's good to come up here, different environment and different weather, and we've had a good hit out today and hopefully another good one on Friday."
A large portion of the squad will be returning to the Stadium this afternoon where they will conduct a junior clinic for more than 200 local youngsters.
The clinic starts at 4pm.