July 14, 2024

Swans captain Callum Mills ‘gutted’ about shoulder injury that could rule him out of start of AFL season

A remorseful Callum Mills has taken full responsibility for badly injuring his shoulder in a Mad Monday mishap which could cost him the Sydney captaincy.

The co-captain damaged the rotator cuff in his left shoulder while wrestling teammate Jacob Konstanty at the post-season event.

He has undergone surgery and may miss a large chunk of the 2024 AFL season.

“This is not a reflection of the captain I aspired to be and I’m gutted that this will potentially put the start of my season at risk,” Mills said on Wednesday.

“I made a bad mistake. I put myself at risk and I take full responsibility.

“One thing I do want to assure people is, I’m doing everything I possibly can to get back as quick as possible.”

The 26-year-old has been co-captain of the Swans since 2022 alongside Dane Rampe and Luke Parker.

One of Sydney’s most important players, he has featured in 155 games since his 2016 debut, originally at half-back before moving into the midfield.

Club officials have yet to sit down with Mills to determine whether they would strip him of the captain’s armband.

“That’s a decision for the club to make at the right time … but what I will say is, I absolutely love leading this club,” he said.

“It’s something I hold deep to my heart and it’s a position that I don’t hold for granted.”

Mills did not comment on Konstanty or provide any detail of the incident, calling it an “innocuous accident”.

Coach John Longmire was informed by Mills of the matter straight after he had scans to determine the severity of the injury.

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