The Brownlow medallist says he expects much more from himself in 2015.
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Collingwood star Dane Swan says his form in 2014 was “horrendous”, but says he is confident he will bounce back next season.
Swan featured in just 17 games for the Magpies last season as a foot injury ended his year in round 22.
A wrist reconstruction and glandular fever forced him to start 2014 without a pre-season, however the 30-year-old has already begun running after undergoing hip surgery 10 weeks ago.
Swan admitted he wasn’t honest enough with club doctors this season.
“It took a lot on me for not being truthful with the medical staff and the coaches and think I could just get out there and do what I do and I certainly can’t do that any more,” he said.
“I have to listen to my body a bit more … but once you get into a rut, it’s pretty hard to get out and I couldn’t take a break.”
However, the Brownlow Medal winner says he is confident of stepping up in 2015.
“It was putrid,” he said of the 2014 season.
“I certainly don’t expect to be like that this year and my main goal it just to be injury-free.
I’d like to come in after Christmas as injury-free as I’ve been for 18 months. As long as I can do that, I think I could be back to where I was.
“It was obviously frustrating knowing that clearly myself and the coaches expect more of me and so do the supporters. I expect a lot more of myself, I still feel like I could play footy at a pretty elite level and I certainly didn’t do that last year.
“I’ve got a few people to prove wrong this year.”