No limit on Swans' rise in 2019: Blakey

Academy graduate Nick Blakey has played 12 AFL games in 2019 after being drafted by Sydney. (AAP)

Sydney young gun Nick Blakey says the improving Swans have put no limit on what they can achieve this AFL season.

Sydney's young guns believe anything is possible this AFL season as they seek to continue a youth-fuelled rise up the ladder in the absence of Lance Franklin.

The Swans appeared to be at risk of collecting their first wooden spoon since 1994, having slumped to last after a horrible 1-6 start in 2019.

John Longmire's men have since won four games and suffered competitive losses to premiership contenders Collingwood and Geelong.

The Swans are 14th on the ladder, eight points and percentage behind eighth-placed Fremantle, and host Gold Coast at the SCG on Saturday.

"Anything's possible. We're in really good form at the moment, the past six or seven weeks have been our best football for the year," teenage forward Nick Blakey said on Tuesday.

"We haven't put a limit on what we can achieve this year and we definitely believe our best football is as good as anyones.

"We were shattered with the way we started the year but to turn it around has been good.

"We can't afford any more hiccups ... every week, we know we just have to win if we want to play finals."

The challenge is not dissimilar to 2017, when the Swans became the first team in VFL/AFL history to rally from 0-6 and reach finals.

However, the Swans are a far more inexperienced team now and won't be able to call on four-time Coleman medallist Franklin for at least three weeks.

As has been the case throughout an outstanding debut season, which was recognised with the round 14 Rising Star nomination, Blakey isn't daunted.

"We'd obviously like Bud to be playing but we believe we have the players to fill his void," Blakey, having kicked two goals to help secure victory last Friday night after Franklin's injury, said.

"We have all the boys to be dangerous in that forward line."

Blakey, whose dad John played 359 AFL games and has worked as a coach at the Swans since 2006, is still pinching himself.

"To be playing alongside a lot of the boys who I've looked up to for a long time now is something really cool," he said.

"All the older boys have really showed me the way and they haven't put any pressure on me.

"At the club, dad doesn't really have that much to do with me ... I've got all the development coaches and my line coach Stevie J (Steve Johnson).

"But if there's any questions I have then it's easy to ask dad."

Source AAP

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