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Aussie Rules: Longmire pens new Swans deal

Sydney Swans have been handed a big boost ahead of the 2023 AFL campaign after coach John Longmire penned a new deal with the club.

The AFL season is fast approaching and the Swans will be looking to make up for last season’s Grand Final disappointment. Having Longmire locked in for the foreseeable future will certainly give them a lift.

Elsewhere there are a number of injury concerns for several clubs with key players touch and go to make the opening round of the season. Let’s take a closer look at all the big news coming out of the AFL over the last week.

Longmire is locked in

The Sydney Swans are priced at 10.00 to win the 2023 AFL Grand Final and coach John Longmire has shown his commitment to the cause by signing a new deal. Longmire knows what it takes to lead the Swans to premiership glory after they won the flag in the 2012 campaign.

They have also made finals on eight occasions during his tenure, including four grand finals. So it is no great surprise that the powers that be wanted to lock him into a new deal.

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The contract will run until the end of the 2025 season and now Longmire is free to focus on all things footy in the season ahead. Longmire has coached 283 games with the Swans since taking the reins in 2011 and is set to break through the 300 barrier in the season ahead.

After penning the contract Longmire revealed his excitement not only for the season ahead but the ones to follow. He believes the club are set up for success and is excited to see what the future holds.

Hawkins boost for Cats

Geelong have been boosted by the news Tom Hawkins is recovering well from injury and is in line to play in the opening round of the 2023 season.

The gun forward had foot surgery in the off-season and was facing a race against time to make the opener against Collingwood. Geelong assistant coach Shaun Grigg says it is too early to say that Hawkins will definitely start but they have been encouraged by his recovery and said he has a good chance.

Hawkins was missing as Geelong suffered a 46-point pre-season loss against the Brisbane Lions, while Jeremy Cameron also sat it out.

However Grigg has confirmed that Cameron has had a great pre-season and will definitely be in the side that takes on Collingwood in round one. Isaac Smith is also another player who should be ready as Geelong get ready to defend their premiership title. They are priced at 5.50 to go back-to-back and win it again.

Tigers wait on Prestia scans

Richmond are facing an anxious wait to discover the extent of the damage to Dion Prestia’s injured pectoral. The gun midfielder suffered the injury during the 50-point pre-season loss to Melbourne at the weekend and the Tigers are now keeping their fingers crossed for good news.

Richmond assistant coach Andrew McQualter sounded optimistic about the injury but could not comment too much until the scan results come back. Meanwhile Robbie Tarrant missed the defeat with a hip injury and will be touch and go for round one, along with Marlion Pickett.

The Tigers are expected to be up there this season and are priced at 9.00 to win the flag.

Lipinski worry for Pies

Collingwood have big concerns over the fitness of Patrick Lipinski after he dislocated his shoulder in the practice match against Hawthorn on Thursday. The Magpies managed to edge to a six-point win but the injury to the 24-year-old certainly took the shine off the victory.

Lipinski will need to have the injury fully assessed but he does have a history of shoulder problems and the early suggestion is he will not be risked in round one against Geelong. Collingwood can be backed at 2.85 to finish in the top four of the AFL in the season ahead and they will want Lipinski fit and available as soon as possible.

Swans trio missing

And finally the Sydney Swans have confirmed that Tom Hickey and Robbie Fox will both miss round one with calf injuries, while Ryan Clarke will sit out with a hamstring strain.

There is also a good chance both Hickey and Clarke will miss a number of games early on in the season as they attempt to return to full fitness.

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