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More success motivates Woods

Reece Woods will make his 200th appearance for South Barwon on Saturday. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

REECE Woods says a chance to be part of a new era of success at South Barwon continues to provide the veteran with the motivation to keep his career going as long as possible.

The 31-year-old, three-time premiership player will join the Swans’ 200 club when he runs out for Saturday’s crucial clash with Newtown & Chilwell at McDonald Reserve.

“I reckon that’s why I still play; I get enjoyment out of watching these kids improve, and they’re all good fellas as well,” Woods said.

“I just love getting around the boys. I enjoy going to training, and I still love playing.

“I reckon it’s just the blokes at the club that keeps getting me back. It keeps me young.”

Woods was part of South Barwon’s successes as a 17-year-old in 2005, 2010 and 2013.

Not surprisingly the Swans’ last flag, which came at the end of a season in which co-coach Casey Tutungi was left a quadriplegic following an on-field accident earlier in the year, sticks out for Woods.

“The emotion behind it, especially when he spoke before the game, then to have a few beers with him afterwards, it was pretty special,” Woods recalled.

“I don’t remember it exactly word-for-word, but it was like “take your opportunity; mine’s been taken away from me. But you guys have got a chance to go out and make some memories”.

“There weren’t too many dry eyes in the house after he’d finished talking.

“You couldn’t see us losing. He’s a great bloke, Case, and the emotion behind it, you think “f***, if we lose this, it’s pretty poor on our side of things”.

Injuries have limited Woods, who spent two seasons with SANFL club Central Districts, through the first half of the season to just four matches.

However, he is hopeful of squeezing as much as he can out of his career.

“It’s getting harder. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday are a bit hard going to work,” Woods said.

“But, I’d like to play as long as possible; I’m not going to put a time limit on it.

“’Faz’ (coach David Farrell) will have the final say, but he’s been pretty open.

“He’s like, “if you’re still playing good enough footy, I’m happy to play you”.

“I just don’t want to be that bloke who goes too long and they’re just playing you because of who you are or what you’ve done in the past.”

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