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Originally founded as South Melbourne in 1874, the club relocated in 1982 to become the Sydney Swans – the first non-Victorian team to take part in the VFL. The team endured a 72-year premiership drought that ended in 2005, and won the flag again in 2012.
Predictions the Swans would slide proved correct, with a six-game losing streak through July and August consigning the club to just their first missed finals campaign since 2009. While the Swans finished in the bottom four, they were competitive in almost every game and could bounce back quickly.
With a host of experienced players out the door, the common thought is that the Swans will be in for another long season in 2020, although some analysts believe they were more competitive than the numbers suggest last year and have the potential to surprise.
Senior coach: John Longmire
Captains: Josh Kennedy, Dane Rampe, Luke Parker
2019 finish: 15th
2019 best and fairest: Dane Rampe
2019 leading goalkicker: Tom Papley (37)
Premierships: 1909, 1918, 1933, 2005, 2012
2020 Team List
Chad Warner, Kaiden Brand, Dylan Stephens, Ryan Clarke, Isaac Heeney, Jackson Thurlow, Harry Cunningham, James Rowbottom, Will Hayward, Sam Naismith, Tom Papley, Josh Kennedy, Oliver Florent, Callum Mills, Sam Gray, Zac Foot, Will Gould, Callum Sinclair, Matthew Ling, Sam Reid, Jack Maibaum, Nick Blakey, Lance Franklin, Dane Rampe, Ben Ronke, Luke Parker, Justin McInerney, Lewis Taylor, George Hewett, Tom McCartin, Harry Reynolds, James Bell, Ryley Stoddart, Jordan Dawson, Barry O’Connor, Aliir Aliir, Elijah Taylor, Colin O’Riordan, Brady Rowles, Hayden McLean, Robbie Fox, Lewis Melican, Jake Lloyd, Samuel Wicks, Joel Amartey, Michael Knoll