BACK AGAIN: Sydney Swans player Alex Johnson ran out for the team's NEAFL Canberra team at the weekend his first game in 1736 days after a fifth knee reconstruction.
BACK AGAIN: Sydney Swans player Alex Johnson ran out for the team's NEAFL Canberra team at the weekend his first game in 1736 days after a fifth knee reconstruction. PAUL MILLER

Swans defender delighted to be back in action

SYDNEY defender Alex Johnson says he is confident he has "never been stronger or fitter" after returning to the field from a fifth knee reconstruction on Saturday.

Johnson played for Sydney's NEAFL side in Canberra, the 2012 premiership player's first game in 1736 days.

"It was a pretty emotional day on Saturday just being able to get out there finally after such a long journey in rehab and there were times where you question whether it's going to happen but I was just absolutely rapt to be running around playing the game I love again," Johnson said.

"I think for the first 10 minutes I was running around like a headless chook and I wasn't too sure what was going on and what I was meant to be doing. But I found my groove in the second quarter there and got a little bit more game time there and I found it reasonably easy to adapt to."

Johnson spent most of the game playing on a wing and finished with one goal.

"To get on the scoreboard was unbelievable and every bloke on the field came to me so it was a pretty special moment for me," he said.

News Corp Australia


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