<p>Despite mastering the art of appearing not to care about anything, in <i>Dane Swan: My Story</i>, Swan – for the first time – reveals the pride that drove him to succeed, his loyalty to family, mates and the club that gave him many last chances, and how he worked hard, his way. He takes us inside the highs of the premiership, and through the tumultuous years of the transition from Malthouse to Nathan Buckley. Footy might be only a game, but it’s one hell of a ride with Dane Swan.</p>
<p>There’s no one like him at all in this day and age.<br>
<p>One of the greatest players in the history of this club. He marched to the beat of his own drum, always, off the ground more so than on it, but I always liked the fact that he was an individual. And whatever he was doing, it worked.<br>
<p>The bigger the game, the more turned on he was, and that became evident at the peak of his career because he played his best footy on the biggest stages.<br>
<p>What made Swanny so good? It was talent, hard work and mental toughness to be that consistent.<br>
<p>It was quite extraordinary the way that he just got on with it. He loved winning, he loved the challenge and underneath it, he is a very proud person.<br>
<p><b>About the author</b>: Dane Swan played 258 games for Collingwood Football Club. He achieved the ultimate team success as a premiership player, and his haul of individual awards is impressive: a Brownlow Medal, three Copeland Trophies, five All Australians, an AFLCA Most Valuable Player award, a Jim Stynes Medal, a couple of Anzac Medals, as well as a swag of top-three finishes in many awards. His unbelievably consistent output meant he averaged 26.85 disposals across 15 seasons, second only to Greg ‘Diesel’ Williams. Swan’s career came to an untimely end in round 1 of 2016. He is acknowledged as one of the best modern midfielders and a one-of-a-kind champion of the competition.</p>
Greg Baum brings to life the epic drawn 2010 grand final and Jake Niall dissects game styles and tells how the Cats saved football in 2008. Caroline Wilson uncovers the psyche of such greats as former Western Bulldog star Scott West and Shane Crawford during his struggles as the reigning Brownlow Medallist. Jake Niall examines Nathan Buckley's search for football utopia while Samantha Lane details how Lance Franklin handles the fame game. Emma Quayle recalls the bond that ties West Coast Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui and Carlton defender Chris Yarran, and coach Ross Lyon opens up to Rohan Connolly about the most emotional year of his life.
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Terry, Neale, Anthony and Chris Daniher grew up in a tiny Riverina town where they played footy on Saturdays and Rugby League after mass on Sundays. They reached the elite level in an era when tobacco sponsorship and a few beers with the opposition after a game were the norm. It was a time when Jim Daniher could throw a teenage son into a trade deal and Kevin Sheedy and Edna Daniher could conspire to make a dream come true. But it wasn't all plain sailing: injuries cut short a promising career, trading between clubs was largely unregulated, the Swans were shunted off to Sydney and coaching changed dramatically.
This is an action-packed story of the period when the national Aussie Rules competition emerged and football became big business, and an unassuming bunch of blokes from the bush endeared themselves to footy fans and became part of football folklore.
<p>The members of this elite club speak of their inspirational childhood heroes, the full backs who made their job that much more difficult and ultimately the player they regard as the best full forward they have seen. This is the first time these players’ stories have been put together, making for a fascinating journey through the mindset of the men to have kicked the ton.</p>
<p>About the author: Jon Anderson has been a sports journalist, commentator and writer for many years, contributing to Melbourne’s <i>Herald Sun</i>, Fox sports and 3aW. He has written many sports books including with Paul Chapman (<i>Chappy</i>), Mark ‘Jacko’ Jackson, Gary Ablett sr, Rodney Hogg and Brian Taylor. </p>
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