Former Hawks teammates flying high with the Swans
HE MAY stand at only 172cm, but Sydney's Ben McGlynn is walking a little taller this season with an old buddy alongside him.
The Swan nicknamed Mighty Mouse has reunited with his former Hawthorn teammate Lance Franklin and is enjoying every minute.
"It's obviously exciting for Sydney, and the footy club, and AFL in general here to have a name like Buddy Franklin come to town," McGlynn told APN.
"When you're walking out on to the field, you've definitely got a bit more of a spring in your step having Buddy beside you. He was suffering early days but he's starting to hit his straps now and we're looking forward to him producing the football we know he can."
Formerly typecast as a small forward, McGlynn has played 134 games, including 44 with Hawthorn between 2006-09, and become a major part of the Swans' midfield, which is feeding an ominous new-look attack of Franklin, Kurt Tippett, Adam Goodes and Sam Reid.
The Swans have won their past six games and averaged 18 goals in their past four.
"It gives the players confidence when you look up and you've got three or four targets to kick too instead of just one," McGlynn said.
While the third-placed Swans aren't getting ahead of themselves, McGlynn admits to having "that burning desire" to be apart of a premiership, having missed out with the Hawks in 2008, and the Swans in 2012 due to injury.
"It's something that drives every player, but when you've been so close it's just something you just want so badly," he said.
But, he "certainly wasn't thinking about a premiership" after Sydney's shock round-one loss to GWS.
"That was a bit disappointing because we really had worked hard over the summer and we did go into that game with the wrong attitude... we got what we deserved," he said.
"The competition is just so close - we need to respect the opposition."
McGlynn said the Swans would not be taking Gold Coast lightly at Metricon Stadium tomorrow, with the Suns looking to rebound following a loss to Adelaide.
With their own beacons in attack - Charlie Dixon, Tom Lynch and Sam Day - the Suns are the only team to have outscored Sydney in the past six weeks. "It will be a great challenge. They've been competitive all year," McGlynn said.