Past Alex Johnson - thank you for all your service, delisted 2018

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Mick Oxlong

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The Swans are not renewing his contract. Good luck to the future AJ
I see he’s keen to continue but it won’t be for another 6 months at best. Correct decision by the club and I doubt he’ll get picked up.

Bloody Premiership legend in my mind and I hope he finds his purpose!
 

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It sucks, but I think this is the right call.

We've been a man down on our list for about 6 years now and we need to regenerate the list. We can't continue to give a spot to someone whose future is immensely clouded due to his body not allowing him a proper shot out of good will.

As sad as it is, Johnson's career I believe was effectively over as soon as he hurt his knee again at the MCG.
 

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Disappointed but not surprised. As S120 said, we've pretty much been running a list one man short for 6 years now and sentiment only gets you so far.

Good luck to Alex if he can find a club but I suspect he may end up somewhere on a coaching panel rather than on a list.

Thanks for being a premiership hero Alex, your contribution to our great club will never be forgotten.
 

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Its a harsh call, but understandable too imho. Would of played no part next season most likely, and there is always going to be heightened levels of potential injury - we can't hang on forever I guess. Well done to both AJ and the Swans for perseverance on AJs part and for patience, understanding and support on the Swans side.

Still sad about the end coming for a player that deserved so much more luck then he has had, but that's footy sometimes.

Lets focus on the bright side of his time at the club - in particular his part in the 2012 flag and the fantastic win in the game against the pies on his return.

I can't see another club picking him up to be honest - if he wants to continue to chase the AFL dream, would be best off using next year getting his body completely right, then heading for a second tier comp (VFL/NEAFL/SANFL etc) and seeing if someone will give him a chance - if he does well there a club (even us perhaps) might pick him up as a mature body for a few years- but I just can't see it.

Good luck in the future AJ - I hope we see you back at the club some day soon!
 

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Sad news and a cruel ending for someone who worked so hard, but as I've said previously... at least he got his fairytale comeback story and a has a premiership medal to show for his 47 games.

I reckon there's a good chance he'll stay around the club in some capacity.
 
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Sad news and a cruel ending for someone who worked so hard, but as I've said previously... at least he got his fairytale comeback story and a has a premiership medal to show for his 47 games.

I reckon there's a good chance he'll stay around the club in some capacity.
Get the sense that he's more likely to end up at Old Xavs.

I thought he was a ripper of a player and hes achieved so much. I just find the whole thing inescapably cruel.
 

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I see he’s keen to continue but it won’t be for another 6 months at best. Correct decision by the club and I doubt he’ll get picked up.

Bloody Premiership legend in my mind and I hope he finds his purpose!
We saved him from himself, hopefully his post football life is a lot more fortunate he deserves it.
 

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Sad news and a cruel ending for someone who worked so hard, but as I've said previously... at least he got his fairytale comeback story and a has a premiership medal to show for his 47 games.

I reckon there's a good chance he'll stay around the club in some capacity.
Incorrect, he’s moving on.
 
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Does anyone know if you are at the club in a non football role if you can play in the NEAFL side? I'm guessing probably not otherwise he could potentially take a non-football role at the club and when he's finally healed again he could play in the NEAFL without taking up a spot on the list. I guess I've never know where the rest of our NEAFL players come from.
 

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That was why the ACL was so crushing when he tore it again, as logically there was little chance of him making a comeback.

Sad news but it would've been hard to justify keeping him on a list for another year or two. At least he had his comeback.
 

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Unfortunate, but could see it coming a mile off. We've been extremely accomodating for AJ since he first done his knee in 2013, so it was extremely pleasing to see him get back this year and was gutting he did his knee in his second game back. So it was likely he would miss most, if not all of next year so it only made sense from a professional stand point that we made the hard call to cut him loose as unfortunate as it may be. He has a Premiership medal which no one will be able to take away from him and I wish him all the best for the future.
 
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I was thinking similar in terms of if we can't offer him a list spot he can still surely help out reserves and do his rehab (as he has for year's) get paid for reserves coaching and if recovers properly rookie next year. And if ahead of time play swans reserves as unlisted player?

Does this mean the Swans want him to retire and he doesn't?
 

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I was thinking similar in terms of if we can't offer him a list spot he can still surely help out reserves and do his rehab (as he has for year's) get paid for reserves coaching and if recovers properly rookie next year. And if ahead of time play swans reserves as unlisted player?

Does this mean the Swans want him to retire and he doesn't?
Yes but

"While I am disappointed, my passion still remains to play football at the highest level."
 

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Hopefully he has spent the last 6 years preparing for life post football. I'd be shocked if he ends up on an AFL list in the next two years. He would need to dominate surbaban football for a while to prove his body is holding up.

I would love for him to play at the highest level again one day but I'd say this story will have a disappointing ending. At least he made it back this year to take one decent memory with him after all those lonely days in rehab.
 
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