SYDNEY SWANS TAKE PMG’S DEAN TOWERS WITH THEIR FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICK.

The Sydney Swans have added a bevy of young talent to their ranks, with North Ballarat midfielder Dean Towers, East Fremantle defender Harrison Marsh, Gippsland Power forward Tim Membrey and Calder Cannons defender Matthew Dick set to join the Swans in 2013.

With the club’s first selection, the Swans picked up North Ballarat midfielder Dean Towers at pick 22.

The 22-year-old, who was one of the leading mature-age hopefuls in the draft, impressed at this year’s AFL Draft Combine, where he posted outstanding results in the sprint tests. Towers also smashed former Hawk Trent Croad’s vertical leap record, which had not been broken in 15 years.

Swans Recruitment and List Strategy Manager Kinnear Beatson said the club has had their eye on Towers for quite some time.

“Dean’s a typical, late-maturer, but he won the best young talent award in the VFL,” Beatson told sydneyswans.com.au.

“He’s a 190cm wingman/halfback who has good speed and good power – we’re pleased with him; he was a priority for us.

“We just felt Dean’s got the talent to be of real use to us, so it’s not like we just picked up a 22-year-old because he’s 22, we feel with his speed and power and ability overhead, he really suits us.”

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