MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 12: Alex Johnson of the Swans thanks fans during the 2018 AFL round 21 Pink Lady match between the Melbourne Demons and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 12, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Sydney has delisted defender Alex Johnson, after the defender underwent his sixth knee reconstruction following the club’s win over Melbourne in Round 21.

Johnson returned to the AFL area the week prior after 2136 days on the sidelines, but played just two games before injuring his ACL once again.

The 2012 premiership player played 47 games for the Swans, and while he is upset with the news, Johnson confirmed to sydneyswans.com.au he remains hopeful he can get on another list.

“I would like to thank the Sydney Swans Football Club for the opportunities they have given me over the past eight years,” Johnson said.

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“I have made life-long friends and lived out my childhood dream of playing AFL, including the premiership in 2012.

“Although it has been a very difficult last six years I will be forever grateful that the Club stuck by me and gave me every opportunity to get back and play at the highest level.

“While I am disappointed with the decision the Club has made, my passion still remains to play football at the highest level.”