The Australian of the Year, Swans midfielder Adam Goodes, above, has delivered welcome news of an imminent return from injury.
Goodes spoke at the official Sydney Swans Fan Day on Sunday, when thousands flocked to the Moore Park Entertainment Quarter show ring to enjoy the company of their favourite AFL stars.
The autograph tent attracted an enormous queue as hundreds of Swans supporters clamoured to grab their own piece of memorabilia and have it signed.
There were several activities for the kids to enjoy beyond meeting their favourite players, including jumping castles, handball and kicking drills, putt putt and face painting.
Goodes said he hoped to return from injury in just over a month. There was more good news on the injury front: premiership defender Rhys Shaw said injured midfielder Alex Johnson, who underwent knee surgery last season, was progressing well and is a possibility to have a run next week. “He’s going really well… and the week after who knows, so it’s all good news for him.”
The $10 million recruit Lance “Buddy” Franklin was in high demand, being swarmed by fans when he left the event to attend a recovery session.
The Swans begin their 2014 season against cross-town rivals the Greater Western Sydney Giants next Saturday, March 15, at Spotless Stadium. – Photos and report by Lyndon Hall