Swan back with Devils
THE Gympie Devils have bolstered their playing stocks for 2011 signing 2010 Sea Eagles Q Cup half-back Nick Swan.
Swan was part of the Gympie Devils 2009 Sunshine Coast premiership winning team and was picked up by the Sea Eagles after a great year at number seven.
Last year Swan was one of the best performers in an under performing Sea Eagles outfit, but financial pressures and a desire to continue his university studies have seen him move back home to Gympie.
He said he was disappointed not to be playing in the Q Cup but had to put his studies first.
Swan is in the middle of a double degree in education and science.
"I was struggling financially living down the coast with footy and university," Swan said.
The Devils have got Swan some part time work in Gympie and he will still travel to university to continue his studies.
He said the Sea Eagles paid well but it was a cheque at the end of the year and that made it hard to make ends meet during the year.
"I had to put my uni first," Swan said.
"I was happy with my first year in the Q Cup but I wasn't prepared to risk my education.
"I am not going to put my uni on hold to play Queensland Cup.
"It was a decision I had to make, I am only 22 and if I want to go back I can."
Swan said there was no bad blood between himself and the Sea Eagles.
"They were disappointed," Swan said.
"They tried to talk me around but they understood why I had to make the decision.
"They said I am more than welcome to go back when ever."
Swan's move back to the Devils creates a bit of log jam in the halves for the club.
The club has last year's half-back David Cutler, five eight Craig Marshall, Ben Harney returned from injury and now Swan.
Gympie Devils president Jim Bougoure said Swan may even be moved into fullback.
"I am more than willing to have a run at fullback," Swan said.
"If it is best for the team I'm happy, a fullback is like another half these days any way."
Swan won't take part in this afternoon's Devils trial match at Jack Stokes Oval against the Mary Valley Stags.
He said he would let some of the younger players have a game.
But he would be part of the Gympie Devils All-stars cricket side playing in the Pink Stumps Day charity match tonight at Albert Park.
The cricket match gets under way at 6.30pm tonight.
Spectators are urged to wear pink to the ground.