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Luckless Swan not offered new contract

Sydney Swans have made the difficult decision of not offering Alex Johnson a new contract.

The 26-year old suffered his sixth ACL injury in his second game back for the club against Melbourne in Round 21.

Swans coach John Longmire said Johnson has made an “invaluable contribution” to the club.

“Alex has been an incredible servant of our club.

“Alex’s perseverance and strength is among the best I’ve seen in the game and it was a real credit to him that he was able to fight his way back to playing after so many setbacks.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but the reality is he faced another extended stint on the sideline.”

Johnson said he is disappointed but grateful.

“Although it has been a very difficult last six years I will be forever grateful that the Club stuck by me and gave me every opportunity to get back and play at the highest level.

“While I am disappointed with the decision the Club has made, my passion still remains to play football at the highest level.”

Since making his debut in 2011, Johnson managed just 47 games.

But it was during his second year where the defender left his mark, winning a premiership and the NAB Rising Star.

Johnson has been offered an off-field role at the club.