Swan Districts co-captain Jesse Turner says his side is more confident than ever and ready to hit their strides as a return to WAFL finals is on the cards. 

The fourth-placed Swans are preparing to take on the Falcons this Saturday afternoon at Joondalup Arena with a potential win under their belt further securing their spot in the top five.

West Perth, despite sitting in eighth with five consecutive losses, have lost numerous close games throughout the season and will be searching for a win to break that streak. 

Turner says while this reflects the closeness of the WAFL this season and is aware his side cannot let their guard down.

“If we were to lose one or two games in a row we could be out of the five just like that,”  he told SportFM.

“We know how important it is and even though West Perth’s results don’t show it they’ve been more than competitive and they’ve lost a lot of close games.

“Their last two home games they lost to the two top teams Peel and East Perth both but under a goal.

Jesse Turner dishes off under pressure from Jack Petruccelle. Picture: Gary Day

“We know that going up there, it’s not going to be easy so we’re gonna have to play some of our best footy if we want to come away with the win.” 

Losing close games was a common downfall of Swan Districts’ in years gone by, with them often the reason they missed finals. 

However, Turner is confident this has been addressed and placed them better for a shake at finals this season. 

“We knew we shot ourselves in the foot last year with how we started. Even this year, we lost a close one to Perth and then East Freo kicked the goal after the siren against us,” he said. 

“Pruey has done a really good job of reviewing the games and on the top of that, we’ve won a couple of close ones. 

“The confidence in the group, especially the younger boys coming through hasn’t been higher since I’ve been at the club.”

West Perth vs Swan Districts will kick off at 2:30 pm at Joondalup Arena with all the action broadcast live on SportFM. 

IMAGE: The West Australian