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Dane Swan wants to be one-club man

Greg Buckle 16/12/2010 01:11:07 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood's premiership midfielder Dane Swan says he "absolutely" wants to remain with the club and the return of Chris Tarrant has given him an added boost for 2011.

Swan has one year left on his contract and is reportedly in the sights of 2012 debutants Greater Western Sydney, along with fellow Magpies Dale Thomas and Scott Pendlebury.

Swan said he was confident the Magpies would "keep going higher" next year and that he was keen to remain with the club beyond his current contract.

The triple Copeland Trophy winner said he "absolutely" wanted to be remembered as a one-club player.

"They were the only side who talked to me before the draft and they gave me my opportunity," Swan told AAP on Thursday at an N.I.C.K. Foundation promotion at Essendon Hyundai.

"I have a lot of good mates down there, with Taz (Tarrant) coming back, he's one of my best mates.

"I get to play with him for a couple more years. I love the footy club and I'm a Melbourne boy so ideally Collingwood is the place I want to be at."

Swan said Tarrant was in stunning form on the training track and would be a huge asset for the Magpies following four years with Fremantle.

Tarrant, 30, is making up for lost time after conceding he wasted some of his opportunities as a key forward in his first stint with Collingwood.

"He said he owes the footy club. Whether that's right or wrong, he's hell-bent on proving a point," Swan said proudly.

"He's been training since the day he got drafted so he hasn't had a break for two months. He's one of the fittest at the footy club.

"He's up with all the running with the really fit guys and everyone knows how strong he is.

"He's going to be a huge asset for us this year, whether he's back, forward on the wing.

"I can't wait to play with him again.

"He was probably All-Australian defender (mid-season) and unfortunately hurt his knee so he missed out on Fremantle's finals campaign."

Swan says the team's hunger for more success and the strong on-field leadership of skipper Nick Maxwell will ensure there's no repeat of the club's infamous premiership hangover following their 1990 flag, failing to reach another grand final in the 1990s.

"There's no doubt we can keep going higher," Swan enthused.

"All our improvement will come from our young guys. Pendlebury and Thomas are going to get much better, Dayne Beams, Steele Sidebottom, Chris Dawes, Brent Macaffer, I could just about name 18 of the 22 who played in the grand final side.

"Nick Maxwell has been terrific since we won.

"We haven't really looked back and reflected on the grand final because we've got next year to worry about.

"There'll be no premiership hangover with us that's for sure."

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