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Injury forces Swan to retire

Darcy Hansen in action for South Barwon. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

INJURY has forced luckless South Barwon co-captain Darcy Hansen into retirement.

The 29-year-old told teammates tonight (Thursday) that he was calling time on his 98-game career.

It followed further surgery earlier this week on a thumb injury suffered in the pre-season.

Hansen had returned for two reserves matches, including kicking the match-winner against Newtown & Chilwell in Round 4.

However, after the following week’s clash with St Mary’s, he was still experiencing discomfort.

“There was a bit of trouble with the tendon in the thumb,” Hansen said. “It was pretty close to rupturing and snapping.

“I got in there in good time before it did snap.

“And there’s a bit more damage down in the wrist, and there’s a rod in there that will need to come out.”

That rod won’t come out until October, leading Hansen to his decision to hang up the boots.

“Going into surgery, I had a little bit of hope I might be able to get back late in the season,” he said.

“But the prognosis coming out of surgery was that I would need to go back for a bit more in four months and get it cleaned up again.

“That drew a line in the sand.”

Hansen, who was the last of the club’s 2013 premiership players still plying their trade at McDonald Reserve, says family played a key role in his decision.

His wife Jess gave birth to their first child, daughter Isla, in February.

“I haven’t played a lot of footy in the last four years, and it’s time to put family first and get my body right for life after football,” he said.

“It will definitely provide some more time throughout the week and on the weekends to spend more family time together.”

Hansen, who was limited to 12 games across 2018-2019 due to a persistent ankle issue, will stay involved around the club for the remainder of the 2021 season despite not contributing onfield.

“They can’t get rid of me that easy,” he said.

“I’ll still be around and doing laps of the oval when I can with the boys.

“It will probably hit me down the track when the season finishes up, and there’s no more footy ahead.”

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