Spotlight is trying, says Swan

BREAKING his silence over his two-week ban for drinking, Brownlow medallist Dane Swan says he would ”hate” to be a young player drafted now into the AFL because of the public and media focus on players.
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The Collingwood midfielder returns for tonight’s match against West Coast in Perth after a two-match suspension for a late-night drinking session and failing to arrive at training the following morning in a fit state.

Swan is regularly at the centre of off-field rumours and has grown tired of this scrutiny, as he explains in an interview airing tonight on Seven’s Saturday Night Footy.

”There is no doubt the scrutiny and the media attention that people get is definitely frustrating and annoying,” he said. ”It certainly is one of the main reasons why, talking to other players, people don’t want to be in this system for a lot longer.

”I would hate to be a kid coming in now. At least I got five or six years of having it not as bad.”

Swan admits he disappointed his teammates by going out and drinking, allegedly before and after a friend’s birthday party on a Sunday night after the round-19 win over St Kilda.

The Magpies had just agreed to a no-drinking rule for the rest of the season.

”Of course, I feel like I have let them down, but when they found out I had been drinking I had a meeting with the footy club,” Swan said.

”Obviously, the leadership group decided, like every other footy club, what the punishment was.

”It was very fair and I was supportive of the punishment, and I got what I deserved.

”So I am certainly not bitter towards anyone or have the shits with anyone. I copped my punishment, and I am completely sweet with that.”

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Tigers president Gary March last night said the club would post its biggest profit in history, more than $2 million.

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