Training hard Swannies style

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

IT may be a Community Camp this week where the Sydney Swans players will try to get out and meet football fans around the Coffs Coast but yesterday the realities of being a professional footballer set in.

The Swans' two new draftees Patrick Veszpremi and Brett Meredith found that this week isn't going to be all fun when they took part in their first training session with the team yesterday morning at the Wallabies Training Centre after being introduced formally to the squad by coach Paul Roos.

With a full load of running, skills and weights yesterday, players were left in no doubt that this week's trek to Coffs Harbour will be anything but a holiday camp.

Co-captain Leo Barry trained separately from the main group as he still recovers from a hamstring injury that plagued him during the second half of the 2007 season but he said that the opportunity to come to Coffs Harbour for a few days is a great chance to promote themselves and the code.

"We're covering a lot of schools on Wednesday and it's a fantastic way for the kids to get a bit of an idea about AFL, get some exposure and get some players to pass on their knowledge of the game and hopefully the kids will enjoy it," he said.



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