Collingwood nice Dane Swan steals present in Corridor of Fame evening

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Dane Swan has completely dominated the AFL Corridor of Fame ceremony on Tuesday evening as he was inducted to the unique membership.

The 40-year-old is a premiership winner and a Brownlow medallist and a worthy entrant to the Corridor of Fame.

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However his footy exploits had been briefly overshadowed by one of many nice performances most likely ever seen at an awards evening.

Usually a staid, respectful affair, the annual ceremony was fully flipped on its head by the straight taking pictures former Collingwood midfielder.

After Swan’s speech, co-host Gerard Whateley may solely utter “bit of labor to be achieved in modifying the replay I’m certain” because the room applauded the Magpies nice from the stage.

All of it started with Swan detailing his response when the AFL got here calling about Tuesday’s honour.

“I s**t myself to be sincere,” Swan started.

“A quantity I didn’t know known as and I don’t reply numbers I don’t know as a result of they’re often not excellent news.

“He texted me and stated it’s (AFL Fee chairman) Richard Goyder from the AFL and I stated ‘what’ve I achieved?’

“I didn’t ring him again, I rang my supervisor (Liam Pickering) right away and requested ‘why have the AFL rung me?’

“It was good of Pickers to have some religion in me, he was like ‘I’ve received no thought however if you happen to had been in actual deep s**t (Goyder) wouldn’t have been calling you so I believe you’re all proper’.

“I known as him again and this (Corridor of Fame induction) was it, it was the nicest name I’ve ever had from the AFL, that’s for certain.”

Whereas Swan turned himself into an excellent, ball-winning midfielder, he acknowledges he wasn’t overly dedicated to the trigger as he was making his method within the sport.

He credited his father Billy Swan, a embellished VFA footballer in his personal proper, as being his greatest affect and recalled a narrative from when he was taking part in junior footy.

“I used to be a s**thead as a younger child,” he stated. “Dad was by no means one to rant or rave. He let the coaches coach.

“However sooner or later, I most likely wasn’t probably the most ferocious footballer, I used to be fairly lazy and pop was yelling at me.

“I’d had sufficient of it so I made a decision to sit down down, cross my legs, stick my fingers in my ears for a few minutes whereas the sport was happening round me.

“That’s the sort of silly mentality I had, however that’s how I used to be as a child sadly.”

A five-time All Australian and three-time finest and fairest over 258 video games at Collingwood, Swan was additionally famend for his indiscretions away from the footy area.

In a profitable period for the membership, Swan was a member of a gaggle of gamers infamously often known as the “Rat Pack”, which additionally featured Heath Shaw, Ben Johnson and Chris Tarrant, who had been all on the ceremony.

Early in his profession, Swan was convicted of affray and later sued for his half in a vicious brawl, whereas he additionally had quite a lot of different run-ins with the Collingwood and AFL hierarchy over time.

Whateley requested him when he realised he needed to change his methods to make a hit of his footy profession.

“Yeah, after I received arrested,” he fired again. “That was enjoyable.

“I received drafted and moved straight out of dwelling, moved in with my mate who’s right here tonight.

“I believed taking part in AFL was all getting drink playing cards on Saturday evening. I gave no effort, effectively I gave quite a lot of effort, it was all on Saturday nights.

“I didn’t need to be on an AFL record. Then I received in a blue and received in hassle and thought I used to be going to be sacked.

“Dad sat me down and stated ‘don’t proceed to be on the record if you happen to don’t wish to be, if you happen to assume it’s what we would like you to do’.

“(Coach) Mick (Malthouse) stated ‘show to me you belong right here’ and I began repaying among the religion.

“It didn’t put me on the precise path, it put me on a righter path.

“I’ve received no thought why they saved me. I used to be like a cockroach, they couldn’t kill me.

“My outdated man stated I received higher yearly, received extra video games, received extra assured.

“Mick threw me within the midfield and away we went.”

Swan went on to quip that he “has to say” his three youngsters are one of the best issues in his life, earlier than happening to thank his mates within the Rat Pack.

“These three or 4 years if you’re together with your finest mates, the Rat Pack, who’re right here as we speak, it felt prefer it went for six months,” he stated.

“Greatest membership within the nation, I used to be taking part in OK, we performed exhausting, we partied exhausting, we had a good time. We barely misplaced.

“I cherish these reminiscences.”

Swan was a key a part of Collingwood’s 2010 premiership, when the Pies fought out a draw with St Kilda earlier than profitable the replay by 56 factors the next week.

He notably enjoys the annual reunion of that flag, which takes place on the primary Saturday in December, and he had the gang in stitches with a delicate remark about how lengthy the celebrations can final.

“Similar jokes get instructed, identical individuals get picked on, you allow that lunch a day or two later and assume how fortunate am I to win a premiership,” he stated with a smile.

“If the ball bounces the opposite method and St Kilda win it, we’re a part of the ‘Colliwobbles’ I assume.”

Decide 58 within the 2001 draft, Swan couldn’t resist a dig on the Magpies, stating: “Collingwood, I do know I’m not in your Corridor of Fame, so I do know you don’t charge me as extremely because the AFL.

“However they know I might be bribed and purchased fairly simply in order that they purchased a desk for my mates tonight so we’re sq..”

Pickering was additionally within the firing line, with Swan saying: “Thanks for sticking with me for 20 years and all of the controversy, then I considered it and I’ve really caught with you for all of the ups and downs that you simply’ve had.

“The 5 – 6 administration corporations, the courtroom circumstances, and also you’re nonetheless taking a clip off me so I reckon we’re sq..”

And he signed off with one final traditional line when thanking his associate Tanya Wilson.

“I’m not a crafty linguist,” he stated to the packed home on the Centrepiece venue in Melbourne Park.

“Fortunate I received that out, that might’ve been harmful.

“With out you I don’t know the place I’d be. I really like you so, a lot.

“Please bear in mind these variety phrases after I’m refusing to return to mattress in about 10 hours and I received’t kick anybody out of the afterparty.”

Jason Dunstall was elevated to legend standing on the awards, whereas Michael Graham, Chris McDermott, Ralph Robertson, Ray Schofield and Kelvin Templeton joined Swan within the Corridor of Fame.

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