2023 RFNL SEASON
SWANS GAIN MORE DEPTH - by Jimmy Meiklejohn
GRIFFITH have continued its strong off-season welcoming Jack Hanna to the Swans from the Hills Football League in South Australia.
Hanna has recently made the move to Griffith to take up a position at Elders after completing his Bachelor of Agriculture Science at the end of last year. Arriving at Griffith for the first time at the end of the year, Hanna admitted that the discussion about playing with the Swans came about rather quickly. "I was due to start on the Monday and I came up on the Friday to meet everyone," Hanna said.
"Brett McAllister the key accounts manager here, I walked into his office, and he sort of looked me up and down and asked if I'm a footballer.
"I said yep, and then 20 minutes later he was on the phone to the Swans coach and four days later Greg (Dreyer) and (club president) Paul (Rogerson) came into the office, and I met them and that's how it came about.
"It worked out well because I was looking to play football up here anyway as I've played the last 10 years back at Gumeracha."
Joining in the Swans training post-Christmas, Hanna said the whole side had made him feel welcome and that he couldn't wait to get cracking. "Last week I went out for the first time, so I've done three or four sessions now," he said. "I'm really enjoying it and the boys have made me feel very welcome.
"There's a lot of very classy footballers I've noticed in the team, so I'm very much looking forward to the season and I hope we go well."
The 20-year-old has spent the majority of the past two seasons playing first grade for the Magpies back home in South Australia with him also spending some time in Sturt's development program.
Although playing predominantly off half-back or in a back pocket, Hanna also admitted to having played through the midfield through juniors.
The Swans have been one of the most active clubs in the league on the recruitment front adding to the signatures of Daniel Peruzzi, Henry Delves, Rhys Pollock, Alex McCormick, Alex Page and Dean Simpson. ((The Daily Advertiser - Thursday January 26, 2023).