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Swanny to become an Eagle

Dane McFarlane has departed VFL club Werribee to join SANFL reigning premier Woodville-West Torrens. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

DANE McFarlane’s football journey will take him across the South Australian border in 2021, where he will link-up with good mate James Tsitas at reigning SANFL premier Woodville-West Torrens.

McFarlane, who is playing in the Northern Territory with Wanderers, and represented the NTFL against SANFL club Glenelg on Saturday night, revealed his decision to depart Werribee after five seasons at Chirnside Park.

“He (Tsitas) asked me to come over, and I thought “why not?”,” McFarlane said. “While I’m out of Geelong, why not (make a move.)

“If I go back now, I’ll probably never get the chance to go to SA or do something different.

“Why not take the opportunity while it’s there.

“With all the new rules coming in where you have to play a certain amount of players under 21, and I really want to win a state league flag as well, it was the right time to go,”

The 27-year-old, who has played 88 VFL games (67 at Werribee, 21 at Geelong) says it was a tough call to new Tigers coach and former teammate Michael Barlow to tell him he was leaving.

“We got along really well; we were locker buddies, so I’ve had a lot to do with Mick,” McFarlane said.

“He was easy to talk to as an assistant coach, and he’ll be the same as a senior coach.

“He’ll get all the players on board, and he’ll be great for the club.”

McFarlane isn’t sure how long he will spend in South Australia, but he’s left the door open to ending his career in Geelong with Newtown & Chilwell, where he played in a grand final in 2015, and junior club Modewarre.

“I want to win a GFL flag, so I’d love to go back to Newtown,” he said. “I also want to play at Modewarre as well.

“But I want to play at the highest level for as long as I can, and I feel like I’m playing my best footy now.

“If I can keep playing at this level, I’ll be playing at state league level for a couple of years longer.

“I’m not too sure what’s going to happen. It’s a year-by-year thing, really.

“But, I’d love to go back to Modewaree and get a flag there, which would be great.”

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