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

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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.

I often wondered about the decision to keep Alex on the roster, but I really think it was they felt his skills and leadership abilities made him worth the spot. And what if he hadn't got hurt again this year? I don't think it unreasonable to feel the Swans are still playing footy this week.

But I still believe in Alex Johnson's determination. If anyone can make that comeback, it's him. I read on twitter a Collingwood fan suggested bringing him in to work with the rest of their knee reconstruction players. There is just one problem with that; If Alex is a Pie, how can I love it when Collingwood choke?
 

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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?

No, it just means the Swans are reloading the roster, hopefully with experienced players who can stay healthy. Alex not wanting to retire just shows he is living his life and refusing to give up. He isn't ready to become a coach yet. I get why he wants to continue on, but I can also understand how the club can't keep him on the list.
 

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Thanks AJ for being part of our history as a premiership player. Best of luck for the future.

Tough decision but you can't fault the club. They've been very patient and given him every opportunity but you have to call time sooner or later.
 

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I have admired him to no end but I would of taken up the role that was offered in a non-playing capacity by the club. It would be incredibly difficult for him to get back to playing in the 'highest level' as he stated. Next year is already a write off so he would be looking at 2020. Who would take a punt on someone who has played 5 quarters of AFL footy in 8 years? Best of luck to him anyway, he sure deserves it, but the club has made the right call IMO.
 

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That he got back on the field justified us persisting with him over the last few years. He showed that he was up to it. But having done his other knee this is really the only decision the club can make. Can't wish anything but the very best for him with whatever comes next.
 

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I think this was coming from the day he reinjured himself. Sad to see unfulfilled dreams and a real talent go like this. Thats footy. Good luck for the future Alex
 
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Devestated when he reinjured as I'm sure we all knew that was probably it.

But the overriding feeling I have is pride.

I'm so proud to say this man was one of my boys. He wore the red & white & represented my club as good as you could have ever asked anyone to.

We were lucky to have had him on our list. Through the good & the bad. He represents the never say die attitude I love this club for. I hope he feels the same sense of pride as I have toward him.

Inspirational. Courageous. A true blood.

Love ya AJ! Thanks so much mate.
 

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A sad yet wise decision by the club. There was almost zero chance of him getting back and if he did we would have been lucky to get a few years at most out of him. It's a massive shame. AJ was going to be an absolute gun.
 

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Playing that game against the Pies didn't satisfy him to just be glad he played that game it gave him new goals new energy to play the game he loves.

Sad to see him go but if his dream still is to play at the highest level then it's just another mountain to conquer. He could be a guy who plays VFL and gains attention again to get another rookie punt. A club that takes it down in VIC would be likely to at least then get him for an off field role.

Highlights the difficulties the club has in retaining talent and how hard they have to work to keep good people at the club.

For Alex to decline the off field role would be difficult for the Swans who invested a lot of time into Alex but completely understandable for a guy that still has the drive.

Never say never he may get another Swans chance on field if he can prove his body is up to it and I'm sure he would be welcomed back for off field as well.

Likely to continue his career in Vic but for now thanks to him for being a Swan and an almost best on ground performance in a winning Grand Final historically that is a very small group.
 

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Poor bugger.

Kinda reminds me of the Black Knight from Monty Python’s Holy Grail.

Best of luck to AJ.
:p "Your legs missing"
"No no it's only a flesh wound"
"Come back and I'll bite you on the toe"

He's off for a year rehab. Cant keep a spot for him in that case. Who knows if a rookie spot can be found thereafter. I didnt really think he'd make it back at all. Courageous. Unlikey again now but how could you write him off?
 
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Devestated when he reinjured as I'm sure we all knew that was probably it.

But the overriding feeling I have is pride.

I'm so proud to say this man was one of my boys. He wore the red & white & represented my club as good as you could have ever asked anyone to.

We were lucky to have had him on our list. Through the good & the bad. He represents the never say die attitude I love this club for. I hope he feels the same sense of pride as I have toward him.

Inspirational. Courageous. A true blood.

Love ya AJ! Thanks so much mate.
I share your pride in him, and mailed him a get well card with a note to let him know how proud he makes me to be a Swans fan on the other side of the world. No matter where he makes his comeback, I will be rooting for him, even if he is wearing the feces brown and urine yellow of the Hawks.
 
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