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Gary Rohan building his confidence

  • Gary Rohan building his confidence

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27: Gary Rohan of the Swans celebrates kicking a goal during the round 10 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Sydney Cricket Ground on May 27, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Quality rather than quantity is the key for Sydney speedster Gary Rohan as he builds confidence in his injury-prone body.

Rohan's blinding pace and ability to change games with a moment of magic has made him a massive crowd favourite with Swans' fans

They haven't seen as much of him as they would have liked, as Rohan has amassed just 71 games in almost seven full seasons.

He played just 27 games in his first four years and hasn't played more than 18 in a season, and at best will only equal that total this year.

A hamstring tendon issue kept him out of the senior side this year till round nine, but he's been making up for lost time.

He has notched a number of career-best statistics this year and was particularly effective over the last month.

Rohan bagged a personal best four-goal haul against Hawthorn and a week later tallied a career-high eight tackles.

"I'm getting confidence back in my body and playing pretty well," Rohan told AAP.

"The big thing I'm working on is consistent footy and so far so good.

"I've only played half of the games so I'm still pretty fresh."

After the Carlton game, Sydney coach John Longmire agreed Rohan had the same kind of ability to impact on games as Hawthorn maestro Cyril Rioli.

Like the Hawks' champ, Rohan has the ability to do a lot with a little, as he's not a big possession getter.

He's averaged just 10 possessions a game throughout his career.

"Every time I go near the ball I've got to try and have an impact on the game, I don't get many possessions," Rohan said.

"In the Carlton game I was not having much of an influence, so the defensive side of my game I stepped up in the third quarter.

"I stuck a couple of tackles and got myself back in the game that way."

Rohan's speed is being harnessed as a way of harassing opposing defenders, it hasn't compromised his attacking ability.

He has kicked 13 goals this year, equalling his best output for an entire season (2015).

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