‘I’m gutted’: Swans captain joins Mad Monday roll of dishonour after wrestling ends in surgery

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Swans captain Callum Mills has apologised to Sydney fans for a Mad Monday celebration that left him with a shoulder injury that could cause him to miss the start of the 2024 season.

Mills fronted the media on Wednesday morning in a shoulder brace after news emerged the skipper had allegedly sustained a serious injury while wrestling a teammate.

“I want to firstly show my remorse and apologise to the club, the coaches, the board, my teammates and especially Swans’ supporters,” Mills said.

“I made a bad mistake, I put myself at risk and I take full responsibility. I’m obviously extremely disappointed and this is not a reflection of the captain I aspire to be, and I’m gutted that this will potentially put the start of my season at risk.

“But one thing I do want to assure people is I’m doing everything I possibly can to get back as quick as possible, and for Swans fans I want to make it really clear that this will not deter mine nor my teammates’ commitment to chasing success in 2024.”

Mills wouldn’t share details about how he sustained the injury, but confirmed it was a rotator cuff injury that required surgery.

Swans captain Callum Mills fronted the media on Wednesday to apologise for putting his season at risk.Credit: Dion Georgopoulos

“I don’t think that’s necessarily important [how I got injured], what is important is I’m here today and take ownership for my actions.

“Without taking away [from] the seriousness of the injury, yes it occurred on that day [Mad Monday], and as I said I made a bad mistake.”

The 26-year-old’s return to AFL is up in the air, as the club and Mills wait to see how long the recovery time is.

“We’re not sure yet, there’s a window that we’ve been given, but the likelihood is it may impact the start of the season,” Mills said.

Callum Mills underwent shoulder surgery two weeks ago.Credit: Getty

In a statement last week, Swans football manager Charlie Gardiner said Mills’ injury was upsetting.

“Losing players to injury in the off-season is always disappointing,” Gardiner said.

“Callum is our captain and an important member of the squad. We are extremely disappointed this injury has occurred.

“Callum is equally disappointed, as you can imagine, but he is recovering well and will get to work on his rehabilitation immediately.”

Mills’ captaincy was brought into question following the incident, but he was firm in his desire to continue to lead the club.

“I think that’s a discussion for the club to have. We haven’t had those discussions, but what I will say it I absolutely love leading this club,” he said.

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

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