Sydney Swans add Ben McGlynn to leadership group

Feisty small forward-turned midfielder Ben McGlynn has capped his journey from Hawthorn discard to one of Sydney's most respected footballers by being added to the Swans' leadership group.

McGlynn responded to the heartbreak of being injured for the 2012 grand final win by finishing second to Kurt Tippett in the club's goalkicking in 2013 and is said to have produced a pre-season that has set him up as one of the team's fittest players.

He said that as a leader at the club, alongside the likes of Adam Goodes, Jarrad McVeigh and Kieren Jack, he had no intention of acting any differently to the style that got him to where he is.

"I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself to try to do anything more than what I've been doing over the last five years," he said.

"The way I've presented myself to the group has earned my way into the leadership group. But I'll learn as much as I can from guys like Adam, Ryan O'Keefe and Jarrad McVeigh while I'm in there.

"It's a strong leadership group and, being in there now, I'll learn a lot about my own leadership and development on and off the field."

McGlynn said he had felt "part of the group since the day I walked through the door" in Sydney alongside fellow Hawks player Josh Kennedy, who was also traded north at the end of 2009. Four seasons and 81 games later he now has the chance to make his own mark on the club that gave him a home.

"Everyone's got their own styles of leadership," he said. "I haven't really modelled myself on anyone. I've just been my own person since I came here. I'm more of an actions kind of person. I think actions speak for themselves.

"Obviously guys like Adam [Goodes] set the example for not only the younger guys, but the older guys, the way he goes about it and really values our culture and our trademark. It's something you've got to buy into when you come to the Swans."

McGlynn said he was looking forward to spending more time in the midfield after having played predominantly up forward at the Swans. He said he had been learning all he could from midfield colleagues Kennedy, McVeigh and Jack.

"You can learn a lot from the way they go about it," he said. "It rubs off on you.

"It's great to be able to go to another part of my game, to midfield, and develop that area. So I'm learning that as well."

The story Sydney Swans add Ben McGlynn to leadership group first appeared on WA Today.

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