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Kerryman to line out for Sydney against Melbourne

Updated: Thursday, 17 May 2012 10:07

Tommy Walsh will make his first start for the Sydney Swans on Saturday
Tommy Walsh will make his first start for the Sydney Swans on Saturday

Kerry’s Tommy Walsh is to make his AFL debut for the Sydney Swans this weekend.

The All Ireland medal winner, who moved to Sydney from St Kilda in 2011, has been named in the Swans extended squad twice in recent weeks without seeing action, but will feature against Melbourne on Saturday.

Walsh told the Swans’ official website that he is desperate to make a big impression on the pitch.

"It’s something that I’ve wanted to do since I got here (in Australia), so it’s been two-and-a-half years and there have been bad times and good times in that, but it’s just great to finally get off the mark and get my first game," he said.

"There were times where I felt like it was never going to happen, but I knew I just had to stick with it and keep believing that it was going to come.

“It’s all come together now and I’m just really, really excited for the weekend and I can’t wait to get out there.

"Horse (Swans coach John Longmire) and everyone else at the Swans have been very supportive and they’ve been telling me exactly what I’ve needed to do to get a game and put down a plan for me, and I was able to stick to that."

He is relishing the chance to line out at the SCG in front of the Sydney fans.

"Ever since I arrived at the SCG I’ve wanted to play a senior game there and play my first game there,” Walsh said.

"It’s always a good atmosphere (at the SCG) and I could see how much the boys enjoyed playing there, so I just can’t wait to get out there and run out there with the rest of the boys.

"I’ve been here for seven or eight months now, and just seeing how great the boys go about everything, so just to be able to go out and play a game with them and do all the things they talk about week-to-week is just a great opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward to it."