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Former AFL star Dane Swan says becoming a dad to son Tate forced him to give up his bad boy ways

‘It definitely changes you’: Former AFL star Dane Swan says becoming a dad to son Tate forced him to give up his bad boy ways

Dane Swan has spoken out about how fatherhood forced him to reform his wild ways.

In an interview with the Herald Sun on Thursday, the 37-year-old former Collingwood star admitted he was a changed man after welcoming his six-month-old son, Tate. 

‘It definitely changes you,’ he told the publication.

Calming influence: Dane Swan has spoken out about how fatherhood forced him to reform his wild ways. Pictured with his six-month-old son, Tate

‘I do stupid stuff and try and make him laugh. That’s my role in the family to make him laugh.’

He added: ‘They’re like a plant the first few months, you feed it and watch it grow.’

Dane shares Tate with his longtime partner, Taylor Wilson, and paid tribute to the little boy in a heartfelt post on Instagram on August 13.

New dad: In an interview with the Herald Sun on Thursday, the 37-year-old former Collingwood star admitted he was a changed man after welcoming his son

New dad: In an interview with the Herald Sun on Thursday, the 37-year-old former Collingwood star admitted he was a changed man after welcoming his son

Growing family: Dane shares Tate with his longtime partner, Taylor Wilson (left), and paid tribute to the little boy in a heartfelt post on Instagram on August 13

Growing family: Dane shares Tate with his longtime partner, Taylor Wilson (left), and paid tribute to the little boy in a heartfelt post on Instagram on August 13

‘Tate is six months today and I’m unsure if it’s been the quickest six months or the longest six months of my life but I’ve loved every second of it with him… Well, nearly every second of it… Well, definitely most of the seconds with him,’ he wrote. 

‘Only good thing about our lockdown is spending every day with him and watching him grow and to finally realise that I have been speaking fluent child my whole life. I knew I had a skill somewhere and I know you can’t read this but happy half bday [birthday] son’. 

Dane also shared a series of adorable photos of himself with his young son, showing off their close bond.

Bad boy: The retired AFL star was previously arrested back in 2003 following a brawl at Federation Square in Melbourne, and was later charged with 13 offences. Pictured during a football game in Melbourne in June 2014

Bad boy: The retired AFL star was previously arrested back in 2003 following a brawl at Federation Square in Melbourne, and was later charged with 13 offences. Pictured during a football game in Melbourne in June 2014

The retired AFL star was previously arrested back in 2003 following a brawl at Federation Square in Melbourne, and was later charged with 13 offences.

In 2012, he received an internal two-match suspension from Collingwood for breaking team rules, including breaking a pledge to abstain from alcohol.

Dane was plagued by scandal once again in 2018, when an explicit video of him was leaked, prompting a police investigation.     

'It definitely changes you,' he told the publication. 'I do stupid stuff and try and make him laugh. That's my role in the family to make him laugh'

‘It definitely changes you,’ he told the publication. ‘I do stupid stuff and try and make him laugh. That’s my role in the family to make him laugh’

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