A FAVOURITE among many AFL fans, Dane Swan will be in Leeton this weekend to share what will likely be many a humorous tale.
Swan is heading to town thanks to the Leeton-Whitton Crows. He will be attending Saturday’s huge local derby clash between the Crows and Griffith Swans, as well as a sportsmen’s night later that evening.
Known for his on-field talent and off-field antics, Swan has plenty of achievements to his name.
Drafted in 2001 to the Collingwood Magpies, where he played for his entire career, Swan steadily built himself up to be one of the most powerful midfield players in the competition.
His AFL career included winning the Brownlow Medal in 2011, playing 257 games and kicking 196 goals.
Swan was also a vital player in the 2010 Collingwood premiership match, which was actually played twice after the original game ended in a draw with St Kilda.
Leeton-Whitton president Damian Lang was looking forward to having Swan in town.
“I’m sure he's got plenty of stories to share with us, as well as some tips for the young players,” he said.
“He’ll be at the game on Saturday. We’ll probably get him to toss the coin as well.”
The sportsmen’s night will be held at the Mia Club with several packages available for the evening.
For $150 fans can enjoy a two-course dinner with Swan followed by entry to the night afterwards.
Tickets are still available for the evening, with the general entry costing $40, which will include a hot platter per table.
“It will be great to have him down here … I’m sure they are a lot of people out there who want to pick his brain a bit,” Lang said.
After playing 15 seasons for the Magpies, Swan announced his retirement in 2016 after battling injury for much of that year.
Since then he has enjoyed stints on television in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, as well as taking the opportunity to travel. Just this week he returned from Russia after attending the soccer World Cup.
Tickets for the evening on Saturday will be available at the door, but also beforehand at the Leeton Trophy and Gift Centre. Doors will open at 6.30pm.