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Sydney Swans AFL 2024 Predictions, Projections and Player Movement

Last updated: 17 Feb 2024
Ryan Tucker 17 Feb 2024
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  • Sydney Swans predicted to finish 8th in the AFL 2024
  • Player turnover could pose difficulties for the team after losses such as Tom Hickey and Lance Franklin
  • New additions like Taylor Adams and Brodie Grundy are expected to contribute significantly
Luke Parker (right) and James Rowbottom of the Swans (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

AFL 2024 Team Previews, Predictions & Player Movement: Sydney Swans

  • AFL 2024 Team Previews, Predictions & Player Movement: Sydney Swans
  • Where they finish: 8th in the AFL in 2024
  • What’s to like 
  • What’s NOT to like
  • Sydney Swans Offseason Player Movement
  • Sydney Swans Predicted Round 1 Squad

Where they finish: 8th in the AFL in 2024

The Swans scraped into the 8 last year and our view is that their Ins and Outs balance themselves out. The teams around them have gotten comparatively better which could make things difficult but they are a team with pedigree and when it comes down to the wire I would back the Swans over most of the other mid-tier teams.

What’s to like 

Errol Gulden. It would almost be enough to just write that name and be done. The kid is a gun and took out the Sydney Best & Fairest in 2023 as well as finishing equal 4th in Brownlow voting. In his third year of footy he improved on every statistic and if that trend continues he will be almost unstoppable come season 2024.

The Swans defensive pressure last year featured heavily in their game plan. They allowed their opposition the second least amount of Uncontested Possessions and Tackled at the second best rate in the league. Defence is something that is deeply rooted within a team’s culture and will again be prominent in 2024.

What’s NOT to like

The player turnover for the Swans could be problematic if injuries hit like they did last year. The players that filled in during 2023 have now been elevated meaning the depths of this squad are yet to be proven. 

Losing the stability of guys like Tom Hickey, Paddy McCartin and Lance Franklin would be difficult for any team to cover. For a team that struggled in 2023 with Marking (14th) and Hitouts (17th) they will be hoping their new recruits of Taylor Adams and Brodie Grundy will help to settle the team and find a balance.

Sydney Swans Offseason Player Movement

Taylor Adams (trade, Collingwood), Caiden Cleary (No.24 draft pick, Academy), Will Green (No.16 draft pick), Brodie Grundy (trade, Melbourne), Joel Hamling (free agent, Fremantle), James Jordon (free agent, Melbourne), Indhi Kirk (Category B rookie, Academy), Patrick Snell (No.53 draft pick)

Ryan Clarke (delisted), Will Gould (delisted), Hugo Hall-Kahan (delisted), Lance Franklin (retired), Tom Hickey (retired), Paddy McCartin (retired), Cameron Owen (delisted), Lachlan Rankin (delisted), Marc Sheather (delisted), Dylan Stephens (trade, North Melbourne)

Sydney Swans Predicted Round 1 Squad

Full Back

Robbie Fox

Tom McCartin

Dane Rampe

Half Back

Nick Blakey

Aaron Francis

Jake Lloyd


Errol Gulden

Taylor Adams

Justin McInerney

Half Forward

Tom Papley

Logan McDonald

Isaac Heeney

Full Forward

Joel Amartey

Hayden McLean

Will Hayward


Brodie Grundy

Chad Warner

Luke Parker


Ollie Florent

James Rowbottom

Braeden Campbell

Sam Wicks

James Jordon (sub)

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