Latest News

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Luckless Sydney Swans defender Alex Johnson set for first game since 2012

For the first time in 2,136 days, Swans defender Alex Johnson will play a senior game when Sydney take on Collingwood at the SCG this weekend.
It’s been a long time coming for Johnson who has undergone five knee reconstructions, a total of 12 knee surgeries, ongoing infections and an operation on his groin.
The 26-year-old last played in his club’s 10-point victory over Hawthorn in the 2012 Grand Final.
John Longmire has given Johnson the nod following seven encouraging performances in the NEAFL this season.
"When I hear people say no one’s ever made it back from five knee reconstructions, I understand that’s a fact, but I guarantee a lot of people would have been saying that to Menzel as well," Johnson said in 2016 ahead of his fifth operation.
"I was never going to give up until a collection of medical professionals said there is just no way you can get back from this.
"There is an element of stubbornness of me saying, ’I’m going to prove wrong anyone who’s ever doubted me’.
"But the overriding thing that drives me is just the passion for the game.
"I’ve fulfilled one dream of playing AFL and another one of winning a premiership, but my next dream is to make it back onto an AFL field and play for a few years."