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THE SYDNEY Swans' Grand Final debutants will run out on the MCG on Saturday knowing they don't have to do anything special for their team to succeed, but that shouldn't undersell their importance.
Young Swans Harry Cunningham, Dane Rampe and Jake Lloyd will all play in their first Grand Final on Saturday, as well as forwards Kurt Tippett and Ben McGlynn and speedster Gary Rohan.
Tippett (129 games) and McGlynn (143) will carry the responsibility of senior players on Saturday, while Rohan has proved in his recent performances he is certainly capable of something special on the big stage.
For Cunningham, Rampe and Lloyd, however, they could easily blend into the background while playing key roles in a team aiming for its second premiership in three years.
"We’ve just got to go out there and do what I've been doing all year, we don't have to do anything special," Lloyd told AFL.com.au.
"There's a lot of trust in us and that gives us a lot of confidence. It certainly helps when you're out there on the ground.
"For me to get that opportunity back in round five was massive for me and my family and I just wanted to repay the favour by playing good, hard football this year."
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In his second season at the Swans, Lloyd has been elevated from the rookie list and played 20 games, including both finals.
Rampe (47 games) has played every final in the past two seasons, while Cunningham (30) has played four of the five.
Cunningham said playing in a Grand Final so early in his career was "pretty rare and exciting".
He said Longmire and the Swans' coaches had been installing belief in him from day one of this pre-season.
"I just knuckled down and had a really big summer, and I've been able to play every game and adapt to different roles," he said.
"Then you've got the older players who lead from the front and give you the confidence to be able to go out there and do a role.
"It's a strong bond (between the young and senior players)."
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Rampe was pulled aside soon after the Swans' big preliminary final over North Melbourne and told by senior teammates Jarrad McVeigh and Nick Malceski to enjoy Grand Final week.
Nervous "and a little bit anxious" at Friday's Grand Final parade, the 24-year-old said Longmire's constant message that the Swans' success was built on 22 players was not a cliché.
"We genuinely believe that," he said.
"I've got full confidence in myself thanks to what he's instilled and what the senior players have instilled in us.
"We all understand how we contribute to achieving the ultimate success."