Inside cult hero’s AFL road to hell and back... and the tragedies that put it all into perspective
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Ben Cotton from Fox Sports@ben_cotton15
May 26th, 2023 3:33 pm
As eager as he is to resurrect his AFL career, perspective is everything for Sam Naismith.
After dominant form for Port Melbourne in the VFL, the 30-year-old ruckman is among many players hoping to get picked up in next week’s mid-season draft for his second AFL chance after injuries plagued Naismith’s time with the Sydney Swans.
Naismith’s horror run with injuries at the Swans from 2012 to 2022 saw him undergo three knee constructions and a host of other surgeries, limiting him to just 30 games including making only two appearances from 2017 before getting letting go at the end of last season.
Tragically though, Naismith’s brutal string of setbacks have only been minor compared to harrowing family circumstances he’s endured in life.