THERE was no easing into training as the Sydney Swans began their pre-season training camp in Coffs Harbour this morning.
Training at C.ex Coffs International Stadium, the Swans players sweated through a two and a half hour session that included a intra club practice match consisting of four 10-minute quarters.
Veteran defender Rhyce Shaw said the hitout was the first serious one of the year and he found it a great opportunity to get rid of some of the rust that had built up over summer.
"I blew a lot of cobwebs out there," Shaw said.
"It's good to get those games and slowly make your way into the real stuff, it's really good for us.
"We get to know a few of the young players as well and what their strengths and weaknesses are and we get a good hitout ourselves and try and back that up next week."
From the outset it was obvious the players' mindset wasn't on having a picnic.
Even during the warm-up stretches , the players could be heard encouraging each other with words such as "be ruthless" and "ruthless mindset" echoing across the Stadium.
Shaw said the ruthless mindset is about ensuring the playing group improves.
"We've brought up a lnumber of things this year and we really want to make sure that we make the most of each session. It's really important and that's a part of it," he said.
"We really want to be as a team, working together and keeping everyone accountable."
The group was clearly motivated but the 29 year-old said it wasn't because of the result of last year's grand final which the Swans lost comfortably to Hawthorn.
"It was obviously disappointing back then but we've definitely moved on,"
"We're really thinking about Round 1 at the moment and what we've got to do for that game and obviously the three games before that in the NAB Challenge."