‘I bled pur­ple’ – Crow­ley

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education - Belinda Cipri­ano

THE past cou­ple of years for Ryan Crow­ley have been any­thing but smooth sail­ing – but a fresh start play­ing at the Swan Dis­tricts Football Club has given the mid­fielder a new lease on footy life.

The for­mer Fre­man­tle Football Club favourite com­pleted an AFL im­posed 12-month sus­pen­sion, was then delisted by the Port club and just when he thought his AFL ca­reer was over, Essendon threw him a lifeline fol­low­ing the sus­pen­sion of 12 of its se­nior play­ers.

Now on the other side of it all, he’s back in Perth and ready to have a good sea­son with his new team­mates. Ad­mit­ting things were “def­i­nitely” dif­fer­ent and some­thing he was still get­ting used to, Crow­ley said he was lov­ing his time at his new club and ex­cited for what was to come.

“I just moved back to Perth in Novem­ber and now I’m down here at Swans and it’s pretty ex­cit­ing,” he said.

“It’s been a bit of a whirl­wind since I’ve been back, mov­ing into a house and start­ing a new job.”

Speak­ing of the 2015 12month AFL im­posed ban af­ter be­ing found guilty for tak­ing a banned sub­stance in a painkiller not pre­scribed by the club doc­tor for a back com­plaint, Crow­ley said it was the hard­est time of his life but one he had learnt a lot from.

“It was a very tough time and prob­a­bly the tough­est time of my life – prob­a­bly righ­tat the peak of my ca­reer – and hav­ing a year out

was re­ally dif­fi­cult es­pe­cially be­cause of how well the boys (Fre­man­tle Football Club) went that year,” he said.

“I had done my time in the tough times and I felt it was our time to cash in and I felt like I was miss­ing out, so that was re­ally tough, but I’ve drawn a lot of pos­i­tives from it too.

“I learnt a lot about the peo­ple around me, the peo­ple who re­ally mean a lot to me that stuck by my side, and with­out it I would not have got the op­por­tu­nity to go back and play for a Mel­bourne club.

“As much as I would have loved to fin­ish my ca­reer at Fre­man­tle – to play for a big Mel­bourne club, it was some­thing dif­fer­ent.”

As for the stand­ing ova­tion the tag­ger re­ceived when he re­turned to Su­bi­aco Oval last year to play against his old side, think­ing of that mo­ment still gives him goose­bumps.

“I bled pur­ple, I loved the club so much,” he said.

Look­ing for­ward, he said he hoped to help get the Swans back on track this sea­son.

“I know ev­ery­one feels like they’re fly­ing this time of year but I’m re­ally con­fi­dent we’ll have a good team for this year,” he said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d464844

For­mer Fre­man­tle FC favourite Ryan Crow­ley reck­ons he’s ready to have a good sea­son with his new team­mates.

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