Sydney is planning to acquire a player from another club, having sufficient space in its salary cap to gain someone, even though the 2012 premier will not be drawn on whether it is interested in forward Kurt Tippett.
Sydney chief executive Andrew Ireland said that the Swans had enough room in their total player payments (TPP) to recruit a seasoned player, but he would not comment on whether they were in the hunt for Tippett, who has left Adelaide and is seeking a new home, with the Suns and Lions favoured on the assumption — which the Swans may test — that he wants to head home to Queensland.
"We have some scope in our TPP for a player," said Ireland, adding that the club was always interesting in improving its list if the right player becomes available. "We've got some scope to do something."
Ireland said the club had lost a number of experienced players to retirement over the past couple of years that had created some room in its salary cap. "Our cap's in pretty handy shape."
Ireland said the decision on whether 300-game veteran Jude Bolton continued in 2013 was Bolton's. "It's up to him."
The Swans have been highly successful in recruiting players from other clubs, including players who were unfashionable, under-valued or spurned by their previous clubs. All-Australians Josh Kennedy and Ted Richards, Shane Mumford, Rhyce Shaw, Marty Mattner and Mitch Morton were players from other clubs who made the premiership 22.