2021 AFL preview: Sydney Swans team guide

It could be another long season for the young Sydney Swans as they continue to rebuild.

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Buddy Franklin is still king of Sydney in the AFL but he needs an injury-free run. He didn't play a single game last year due to soft tissue injuries.

And Franklin, 34, won't play in Sydney's season-opening clash away to Brisbane Lions due to calf tightness. His fitness will be crucial in a team full of developing youngsters.

Entering his 11th year at the helm at the Swans, coach John Longmire is coming off his worst season finish (16th) in his time at the club. He will expect to see an upswing in his side's fortunes.

How to watch Sydney Swans AFL matches

Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and the AFL Live Pass are all options for catching AFL games in 2021. We have put together a complete AFL viewing guide for you which breaks down all the details.

In Sydney, Channel 7 shows Swans and Greater Western Sydney matches, mostly on 7mate. It generally broadcasts between three and five matches per round on free-to-air. That leaves a host of matches involving teams like Essendon, West Coast, Carlton and Geelong early in the season, plus Hawthorn vs Richmond in round two, only available via subscription.

Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports have every game of the home and away season live. From those options, Kayo is the most affordable. A Basic subscription starts from $25 per month for use on two devices. For $10 more per month you get the option of a third screen.

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Take Kayo Sports' Basic or Premium plan for a spin and stream over 50 sports live completely free for 14 days.

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On top of all the AFL action, you get access to more than 50 other sports. Kayo also has a 14-day free trial for new users and comes with a number of special features. SplitView, No Spoilers and Interactive Stats are just some of the options.

Watch Sydney Swans matches overseas

If you are out of Australia at any stage during the season, you can still catch AFL games. The Watch AFL app allows you to stream matches with an Internet connection. You can see a guide here on how to stream the 2021 AFL season from overseas.

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Travelling abroad? Watch the entire AFL season live from Watch AFL

If you're out of the country, streaming Aussie rules football can be a bit of a pain. For those travelling the globe, there's Watch AFL.

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When do Sydney Swans play next?

The Swans open their season with a trip to Brisbane against the Lions. It's a Saturday match commencing at 6:45 AEST (7:45pm AEDT) on 20 March at the Gabba. The complete AFL draw is here.

Sydney Swans squad

Sydney Swans history

Originally founded as the South Melbourne Football Club in 1874, they became the Sydney Swans when they relocated in 1982. They were the first non-Victorian club in the league and started the move towards the national competition we enjoy today.

The Swans endured some extremely difficult times in Sydney and faced extinction more than once. But they persevered and became one of the most respected clubs in the competition through the turn of the millennium in particular.

Premierships in 2005 – which ended a 72-year drought for the club – and 2012 underlined their standing. They also play in a fickle sporting city and the reality is they will need to start tasting success again soon if they are to retain their strong following in Sydney.

Image source: Sydney Swans team website

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