Blakely confident of Swans rise in 2020
Swan Districts ruckman Nathan Blakely anticipates a much improved season for his side, having finished bottom of the table in 2019.
Speaking to Sports Drive on Tuesday, Blakely was confident of a revival of fortunes in the new year.
"There's no reason why not, we see it in sport all the time," he said.
"It's just about getting the little things right. Hopefully we can start the season well, I know we have Subiaco in the first round but I think we can come out and give it a red hot go, if the momentum goes our way, we get a little bit more flair from these young recruits, defensively were are solid as a unit we play to our structure, I think 2020 could be a great year for the black and whites."
The Black Ducks won just three games last year, winning their second wooden spoon in four seasons.
Blakely found himself dropped to the reserves mid-season, eventually recalled for the final four games to lead the ruck.
The 27 year old says he learnt from the experience.
"In terms of my reflection (on 2019) I was a bit unlucky with form, I had a couple of bad weeks where my opponent played quite well, we just had too many talls and I just got forced out. I was happy with how I responded," Blakely said.
"You just have to reflect on it, see what's wrong, look at the bigger picture and realise nothing's ever personal. You're going to have hiccups throughout your career, it's the ones that strive through them that keep on doing it really."
The club has added Nelson Waite (East Perth) as well as Northern Blues pair Sam Fisher and Frank Anderson, who will slot in to the midfield. The future of former AFL star Rhys Palmer remains unclear.
Swans will host a 2010 premiership reunion this season in June when the club plays Claremont, as well as celebrate 30 years since their 1990 triumph.
Blakely could also play back at his home ground Hands Oval in Bunbury against West Coast in May, with discussions underway between the clubs to take the game to the South West, a prominent recruiting zone for Swans.
IMAGE: South Western Times.