First day on the job ... Kurt Tippett at Swans training. Photo: Anthony Johnson
Boom Sydney recruit Kurt Tippett says the Swans are the perfect fit as he prepares for the challenge of missing the first half of the 2013 AFL season with his new club.
Tippett's two-month campaign to play for the premiers ended in success on Tuesday when he was taken by Sydney in the pre-season draft.
He will be suspended for the first 11 games of 2013, following a investigation into draft and salary cap breaches by his former club Adelaide.
Kurt Tippett's first training session with Swans
Boom recruit Kurt Tippett meets his new teammates the day after he was drafted to the AFL premiers. Photo: Anthony Johnson
Forward-ruckman Tippett trained with Sydney for the first time on Wednesday.
"It's very exciting to be here in Sydney, after a long off-season, a few little challenges," Tippett said, while acknowledging there was a time he feared he wouldn't be able to make his way to the Swans.
"I look forward to playing football, settling in, training hard and preparing myself well and earning the guys' trust over the summer.
"It's been a challenge for myself and my family but I'm happy to put that all behind me now."
Tippett said Sydney was a great club and a great city.
"The future here is very bright, the prospect of coming here and playing alongside guys like Jarrad (McVeigh), Adam Goodes and Sam Reid is very exciting for me," he said.
He was philosophical about having to sit out so many games at the start of the year.
"It's going to be a challenge but they are the cards we've been dealt and we'll make the most of it," Tippett said.
McVeigh said Sydney viewed the 25-year-old Tippett as a long-term player for the club.