MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 22: Dane Swan of the Magpies in action during the 2015 AFL round 21 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia on August 22, 2015. (Photo by Justine Walker/AFL Media/Getty Images)


The Magpies are still unsure whether or not champions midfielder Dane Swan will return to the field in 2017.

Coach Nathan Buckley said on Thursday that the club is keen for Swan to continue his career, but both the player and club have opted to delay any decision on his future until his undergoes his final surgery on his injured foot in October.

Swan will have an operation in October to remove screws in his foot.

It will then become clearer whether a return a return to football next season is a good decision.

“That is what we are going to be taking into account when we look beyond this year,” Buckley said.

“Swanny and the club will sit down and make sure we are on the same page in regards to that because we don’t have all the information.

“He is keen to go around again, but he doesn’t want to do it at a whim and he doesn’t want to do it if he doesn’t think it’s something that is going to end well.

“So that’s part of the discussion that we will have after the season.”

The 32-year-old was last week given the all clear to begin weight-bearing exercises.