As the Sydney Swans prepare to host a Pride Game, a game designed like a Pride Night to attract LGBT fans and make a statement of inclusion, for one particular Swans player it is even more important.

Nic Newman, a defender for the Swans, opened up with Fox Sports about his gay brother, Maverick, and the extra meaning that brings to this match for him.

“It’s a huge honour to play in the game,” Nic told Fox Sports. “I’m really proud of the stance our club has taken on it and the broader AFL community. I’m really looking forward to playing. It obviously represents a bit for me with Mav being openly gay.”

Nic, 24, has played for the Swans since 2015. Maverick, 19, will be attending the match to cheer on his brother.

The Swans take on the St. Kilda Saints Saturday, July 22, at 7:25pm for the Pride Match. Tickets are still available, with prices ranging from $15-$34.