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Injury-hit recruit inherits luckless Swan's old number

The new Swans with their 2019 guernsey numbers. Picture: sydneyswans.com.au - AFL,Sydney Swans,Daniel Menzel,Alex Johnson
The new Swans with their 2019 guernsey numbers. Picture: sydneyswans.com.au

FORMER Geelong forward Daniel Menzel has taken over the No.2 guernsey at Sydney, previously worn by delisted defender Alex Johnson. 

Menzel and Johnson have a shared history of torn anterior cruciate ligament injuries in their knees, with the pair developing a strong bond during their AFL careers having undergone 10 knee reconstructions between them.

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The pair became close friends and often leaned on each other for advice and support as they tackled their rehabilitation processes on multiple occasions. 

Johnson underwent six knee reconstructions during his 47-game career with the Swans, while Menzel fought back from four operations on his knee.

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Menzel played 73 games in nine seasons with the Cats and signed with the Swans, as a delisted free agent, in November.

Fellow recruit and ex-Roo Ryan Clarke has been handed the prestigious No.4 jumper made famous by all-time leading goalkicker Tony Lockett, Swans team of the century member Billy Williams and now Saint Dan Hannebery.

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Top draft pick Nick Blakey will wear the No.22 jumper in his first season at the Swans, while Jackson Thurlow, formerly with Geelong, has taken on the No.6 jumper. 

Fellow draftees James Rowbottom (No.8), Justin McInerney (No.27) and Zac Foot (No.16) have also been allocated their numbers.

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Rookies Durak Tucker, Harry Reynolds and Sam Wicks will wear No.28, No.31 and No.45 respectively.

The players will be presented with their guernseys officially at the Swans' Hall of Fame dinner in March.