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The perennial finals team that can't win the flag in 2019 under "current model"


Three-time All-Australian Nick Dal Santo doesn’t believe Sydney can win a premiership with their current game plan.

The Swans finished sixth on the ladder in 2018 and haven’t missed the finals since 2009, but Dal Santo is worried there’s a ceiling on their “current model”.

“They need to have a preseason where they release the shackles,” Dal Santo told SEN Afternoons.

“Now, that’s a very generic statement, but this is a team that is so predictable.

“We cover a lot of football. You know what their match-ups are going to be. You know what their stoppages and structures are going to be and you know what their inside 50 targets are going to be.

“Now, when it works, they just do it better than the opposition, but when they lose, you know how they’re going to lose.

“Find some dare, find some dash, find some random play. You can’t have the perfect play every time. You know what they’re going to do.

“I’d like to see them release the shackles, because the current model isn’t going to win them a premiership.”

The Swans were quiet in the trade period, adding Ryan Clarke from North Melbourne and Jackson Thurlow from Geelong, while losing Dan Hannebery, Gary Rohan and Nic Newman.

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