CONTRACT EXTENDED: Swans coach John Longmire makes his way from the field.
CONTRACT EXTENDED: Swans coach John Longmire makes his way from the field. JULIAN SMITH

Hawks are the benchmark, says Longmire

AFL: With his contract extended three years by the Sydney Swans, to the end of the 2020 season, coach John Longmire made it clear Hawthorn was playing on his mind.

The Swans have made the finals each season since Longmire’s ascension to the top job in 2011 and won the premiership in 2012, downing Hawthorn by 10 points, but the coach is far from satisfied, with the Hawks having won the past three flags.

“We’ve got plenty left to achieve – we’re all chasing Hawthorn,” he said.

“What they’ve been able to achieve and the standard they’ve been able to set over the last few years has been extremely high, so we’re all striving to get better.

“The challenge is we know (Hawthorn coach) Alastair (Clarkson) and the Hawthorn Football Club are doing the same thing, so it doesn’t get any easier, but we look forward to it.”

Longmire’s contract extension will make him the longest-serving coach in the Swans’ history, ahead of his predecessor and former mentor, Paul Roos, who coached the Swans in 202 games.

The Swans and Hawthorn clash on Thursday night at the SCG.

“It’s always an evolving planning system when you’re coaching.

“You’re looking week to week, but you’re also looking a month out, a year out, and years out, at your playing group and what that looks like.

“To maintain your competitive spot on the ladder ... you need to be looking at every week in front of you and also beyond.”