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Walsh looking to make impact with Swans

Updated: Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 15:03

Tommy Walsh - After two years in the colours of St Kilda, the Kerryman will line out in the famous red and white of Sydney Swans this year
Tommy Walsh - After two years in the colours of St Kilda, the Kerryman will line out in the famous red and white of Sydney Swans this year

Former Kerry ace Tommy Walsh is looking to make his mark with new club Sydney Swans ahead of the start of the 2012 Aussie Rules season.

The former All-Ireland winner spent the last two years with Melbourne outfit St Kilda before moving to Sydney during the off-season.

After three months with his new side, and already started into this year’s pre-season training, Walsh is feeling very comfortable in his new surroundings and looking forward to making an impact at the Sydney Cricket Ground-based Swans.

Speaking to SwansTV, the Kerins O'Rahilly's man said: “Training has been solid since we got back from the break last week. We had a very tough session on the first day back and we’ve just kicked on from there.

“All of the boys have come back in good shape so it’s exciting for the rest of the season.

“Because I’m new, I’m still learning the game plan and working on my leading patterns and follow up work.

“It’s tough work but I expected that. I feel I’m fitting in well and getting to know all the boys and the way the team plays.”

The 2012 season kicks off in six weeks when the Swans meet Geelong and St Kilda in the NAB Cup.

And Walsh is looking to keep the Kerry tradition going at the SCG as he will don the number 17 jersey, made famous by fellow Kerryman Tadhg Kennelly.

“No doubt I have big boots to fill and a big head to fill too,” joked Walsh about taking Kennelly’s number. “I just hope I don’t lose my hair as quickly as Tadhg did.”

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