AFL Brownlow Medallist Dane Swan’s guest appearance for the Park Ridge Pirates on June 26 has been postponed due to border restrictions.

The AFL legend was to feature in an exhibition match for the Pirates against Alexandra Hills and a fundraiser dinner function, but recent COVID-19 hotspots have spoiled the fanfare.

Queensland borders shut to Greater Melbourne on Saturday, June 19, after the Victorian region was declared a hotspot. 

That is restricting travel into the sunshine state to Queensland residents and people with essential purposes.

It has left the Pirates no option but to postpone.

“It’s thrown everyone’s plans into disarray,” said Andy Colenso, Park Ridge Pirates AFC President.

This would have been the Pirates’ biggest fundraiser for the year, with a 3,000-strong crowd expected at the ground to see the former Collingwood player in action.

Dane Swan, who played 258 games for Collingwood, said he was excited to join the Pirates and that he will make up the loss in the future.

“We are very disappointed that we cannot come to Brisbane and Park Ridge footy club next week,” Mr Swan said.

“They are ripper guys and it would be great to play with them. 

“We intend to make it up to Park Ridge and the lads as soon as we can.”

Dane Swan’s manager, Ricky Nixon, wrote that the Pirates will be high on the agenda next season.

“I have committed to Park Ridge that we will either do a sports night later this season or Dane will play and do a sports night on an agreed date to start next season,” said Mr Nixon.

The game cannot be rescheduled to later in this current season due to AFL clearance rules, which prevent players from featuring in different teams after June 30.

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