Swans still unsure if coach will play

Alvie assistant coach Angus Uwland says Joe Dare’s return to football would be a boost for the whole league, not just the Swans in their quest for a premiership.

Alvie assistant coach Angus Uwland says Joe Dare’s return to football would be a boost for the whole league, not just the Swans in their quest for a premiership.

Club officials remain uncertain if former AFL-listed footballer Dare, who took on Alvie’s senior coaching role this year, would play in 2019 after undergoing two major knee setbacks in the past four years.

Uwland said the decision was entirely up to Dare, a local dairy farmer.

But his former Cobden teammate said Dare would be a welcome addition to the third-placed Swans.

The 27-year-old spent two seasons on the Blues’ list at AFL level.

He also won a league best-and-fairest in the Hampden league with Cobden and was a key part of the Colac Tigers’ maiden GFL premiership in 2014 before returning to lead his junior club Alvie this season.

“The conversation’s there,” Uwland said of Dare, who hasn’t played since Cobden’s preliminary final loss in 2017.

“It depends on how he can go with work and we’re tossing up on when to make the right call, if it’s this year we don’t know.

“But hopefully he does because he’s a pretty big boost for the league, let alone Alvie.

“It’s a good weapon to have up our sleeve, but we’re not reliant on it.”

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