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Hansen hopes ankle issues behind him

Darcy Hansen in action during last year’s Round 1 meeting with St Albans. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

SOUTH Barwon captain Darcy Hansen is confident he will be right for the start of the 2020 pre-season after undergoing an ankle reconstruction earlier this week.

Hansen went under the knife for the second time for an injury first suffered in the middle of last year.

“This (operation) was pretty much to fix it,” Hansen said.

“Hopefully, once I get back and going and ready for day one of pre-season, it’s like a brand new ankle and it works like it used to.

“The surgeon wasn’t too sure if the inside would heal itself when I got the outside done.

“We tried to let it heal without surgery, but, in the end, I needed to get that fixed up as well.”

Hansen, who is in his second season as skipper at McDonald Reserve, managed six games this season before the pain became too much.

“I had a fairly interrupted pre-season with it,” he said.

“I played the first few games of the year, but it was holding me back and the pain was getting too much; I was taking painkillers all week.

“It got the best of me and I had to get it fixed up so I’m ready to go day one of pre-season.”

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Despite being frustrated at being limited to just 12 games since taking on the captaincy, Hansen will continue to contribute away from the action.

“’Faz’ (coach Dave Farrell) is pretty good at keeping me involved off-field, and I’m working pretty closely with the boys on the bench,” he said.

“I’m up at the club as much as if I was playing.”

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