After a long stint on the sidelines Sydney Swans forward Isaac Heeney is ready and raring to go for season 2021.
24-year old Heeney missed the majority of the 2020 season after sustaining an ankle injury which required surgery.
After steadily building up his training over recent months with ‘no hiccups’ in his rehabilitation program, Heeney will continue to register important match minutes this weekend in the AAMI Community Series as he looks ahead to Round 1.
“I’m excited and can’t wait to get out there, it’s been a long time,” Heeney said.
“I feel really good. It’s been a long journey and I am just extremely excited to just run out there, make a tackle and kick some goals.”
After sustaining his injury in Round 6 of the 2020 season, Heeney did not go into the Swans ‘hub’ and remained in Sydney after his surgery for the duration of the season.
“It was tough, I could only stay in contact (with the boys) through texts and FaceTime,” Heeney said.
“From what I have seen and what I have been told, the boys became an even closer group in the hub and it shows on the track.”
Heeney said he was also looking forward to taking his spot in the Swans forward and linking up with Tom Papley and Lance Franklin.
“"I'll be up forward the majority of time I think and then maybe into the midfield every now and then,” Heeney said.
“If I can kick a few goals with Bud and Paps that would be great.”
"Bud’s looking fit, he’s getting a lot of work in. It's always a boost for the lads," Heeney said.
Although still one of the younger players, Heeney said he’s excited by the young talent in the group and looking forward to helping them in their development.
“I’ve played a few games so it’s nice to push my experience onto those younger players,” Heeney said.
“The younger ones really push the rest of the squad and we have a bit of depth which is really nice.”