‘I feel unbelievable. My goal was always to get back out there’ – The Swan that never gave up on his dream
Sometimes in sport – there are feelgood stories that really excites people. This season, in the AFL, it will be a player, plagued by injury who hasn’t played at the highest level since 2012, and the whole league is behind him.
After 2,134 days in rehab, Alex Johnson will make a remarkable return to the AFL when the Swans take on Collingwood in Round 20 at the SCG. After 5 knee reconstructions Johnson is finally feeling confident and believes he can have an impact at the highest level.
His last game was the 2012 Grand Final, where Johnson played a starring role in the Swans 10pt win over the Hawks. Since then, he has had three LARS knee surgeries and spent more time in rehab than most, but all of that ends now and Johnson cannot wait to get back out there.
“I feel unbelievable. It has been a whirlwind since John told me yesterday that I was playing. It was a mixture of nervousness and excitement.” Johnson told Macquarie Sports Radio Melbourne breakfast show.
Johnson returned through the Swans reserves last season and mentioned that it took him a while to get his confidence back, especially when changing direction and landing on his knee.
“Last year was big for me. I was hesitant early. I had done a mountain of work, but you just never know when you play AFL. You can land awkwardly and fear the worst.”
The resilient Swan maintained that he never wavered in his recovery and always maintained that he had one goal throughout.
“My goal was always to get back out there. Rehab is a tough place to be for that long. I can’t wait to get back out there this weekend.”
Johnson: “Getting back to playing last year was big. I was hesitant early. I had done a mountain of work. You just never know though in AFL, it is a tough game.”
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