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Hansen right for Round 1

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

AFTER an injury-hit first season as captain of South Barwon, Darcy Hansen has declared himself ready to go for Saturday’s Round 1 meeting with St Albans.

Hansen underwent a reconstruction of his left ankle after being restricted to just six games in the first half of 2018.

“So the ligaments, (the surgeon) put those together on the outside,” he said.

“More recently, I had my plantar fascia released. That was giving me a bit of trouble, but that’s freed up now as well.

“With everything being locked up from the (ankle) surgery … I’d had plantar fascia problems before, but they reared their head, and I got that fixed up.”

Hansen, who has played 76 senior games with the Swans, successfully negotiated the last two of South Barwon’s three practice matches.

“The second one, I was on restricted minutes, but ended up getting through three quarters,” he said.

“The final one, I played the whole game.”

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Despite being sidelined as the Swans won a final for the first time since claiming the 2013 premiership, Hansen was able to take something out of the year.

“It was challenging watching from the sidelines, but also a really good learning opportunity for me and my leadership, and where we need to improve as a footy club on-field in leadership,” he said.

“And it gave me a great opportunity to build my leadership off the field as well.”

Hansen says after a surprise first semi-final appearance in 2018, anything less this year would be viewed as disappointing at McDonald Reserve.

“We probably looked at the end of last year and saw that we were a little bit of those top three,” he said.

“We have picked up a few (recruits), but everyone else has.

“But, we’ll look to bridge that gap and improve.”

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