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Now at his third AFL club at just 23 years of age, new Sydney player Shaun Edwards is keen to start again and put a difficult few years behind him.

Edwards was thrown a lifeline by the Swans in the rookie draft, after being delisted by Essendon at the end of last season after three years and 12 games with the Bombers.

He joined the Dons via a trade after two seasons with the Giants, where he also played 12 games, after being drafted in 2011.

Edwards acknowledges he is very lucky to have a third chance at his AFL dream and is keen to make Sydney his permanent home.

“There was just a bit of inconsistency in my game previously and I flashed in and out of games when I stepped up to AFL level,” Edwards said in an interview with AFL.com.au.

“I faced a lot of challenges in my time at the Giants and the Bombers but I think I’ve learned from them, and now I’m just trying to push forward and make my home here.

“That chapter is closed now and what matters is what’s happening inside the four walls at the Swans, so I’m just focused on the ‘now’.

“I was only 22 when I got delisted so I definitely thought I still had a few years left in the bank, and I’ll be forever grateful to the Swans for giving me a third opportunity.”

Sydney has a habit of transforming seemingly under performing players into stars in the harbour city, with the likes of Josh Kennedy, Ted Richards and Jeremy Laidler turning into regular senior players upon joining the Swans.

“Jeremy was a similar age and had played a similar amount of games to me when he arrived here,” Edwards said of Laidler.

“He’s now a vital part of the back six and the best 22 here so I’ve just been picking his brain a lot.

“It’s a great culture here and a good genuine club that I feel like I’m a part of now.”