MCVEIGH to join the Giants.
It‘s a headline to make Swans fans shudder but fortunately for the red and white faithful it‘s Mark McVeigh and not Jarrad McVeigh who is making the move to the fledgling team as coach of their academy.
McVeigh takes over the job at a time when the AFL world in Sydney is buzzing with the imminent arrival of Lance Franklin and Giants set to blossom.
â€œThe opportunity is better than ever in NSW that footy can become huge,â€ McVeigh said.
â€œWe know the Giants franchise is up and going Buddy Franklin is coming to NSW.
â€œJarrad (McVeigh) and Kieren Jack are both NSW boys who captain the Swans. Lenny Hayes is a champion of the game the list goes on.â€
McVeigh could add his own name to the list of NSW success stories after playing 232 games in 14 seasons at Essendon between 1999 and 2012. Mark and Jarrad grew up on the Central Coast and like Jack and Hayes also played junior football at Pennant Hills.
The former Bomber has spent this year working for the NSWAFL and paid tribute to the Swans academy where he also spent time this season.
â€œChris Smith and Paul Roos really showed what you have to do to develop the game and players in this state,â€ McVeigh said.
â€œThey‘ve got a great handle on it so I‘m grateful for the experience they have given me.
McVeigh‘s main job will be producing players who can follow in his footsteps make it from NSW into the AFL.
â€œThe talent is here we just have to harness it,â€ McVeigh said.
â€œThat‘s the challenge I have as head coach of the Giants academy is getting some kids from Western Sydney into the AFL, that‘s an exciting thing in itself.
â€œPlus the talent that is already there in Canberra, Albury and the Riverina, there are players there and we need to get them playing the Giants way.
â€œWith the academy hopefully they can make the smooth transition into the footy club.
McVeigh was quick to point out that the vast majority of academy players won‘t make it to the AFL but the academies still bring great benefits to the health of the game north of the Murray.
â€œLet‘s remember all kids in the academy won‘t play AFL footy but they will be exposed to a really good brand of coaching which they can take back to their local clubs and they lift.
â€œWe then get more local talent coming through and the league‘s in the city and country NSW get better and that‘s what it‘s all about.
â€œThe Giants and Swans academies are two different football clubs but we‘re trying to do the same thing that is develop NSW.
â€œWe are competing but still aligned and we have to look after each other and our ultimate goal is to get NSW kids drafted into the AFL.â€