Former Swan eager for another chance

Former Sydney Swans footballer Dean Towers remains hopeful of an AFL lifeline in the delisted free-agency period, which starts tomorrow.

Delisted Sydney Swan Dean Towers could end up back in the Geelong Football League if AFL clubs overlook him in this year’s delisted player free-agency period.

The former Otway Districts and Colac footballer said he still felt he had a lot to give at AFL level, following six years with the Swans.

But Towers, 28, said he was being realistic about his chances during the delisted free-agency period starting tomorrow.

“I’m definitely keen to continue my career if an opportunity comes up, but at the moment it doesn’t look likely,” he told the Colac Herald this week.

“My manager’s been out talking to clubs, he lets them know what I’ve got to offer and that I’m still keen to play, and then it’s up to them if they want me,” he said.

“I’m 28 now which is getting older for the AFL system, and I know I’ve still got plenty of footy in me, but I can understand why other clubs might be looking at younger players, so I’ve been preparing for life after footy.”

Towers, who is nearing the end of his exercise science degree, said he would decide later this year whether he would stay in Sydney or move back to Victoria if he failed to find a new home in the AFL free-agency period.

He said that was a decision he would make with his partner Jessica Moore, a psychology student from Sydney.

The couple lives in Randwick, 15 minutes south-west of Bondi Beach.

“If I get overlooked then I think I’ll be finishing off the uni degree, whether that’s in Sydney or Victoria I have no idea,” he said.

See Wednesday’s Colac Herald for more.

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