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Footy comes first for Swans star Goodes

SYDNEY Swans superstar Adam Goodes says football will be his No.1 priority in 2014, ahead of his responsibilities as Australian of the Year.

The dual Brownlow medallist was awarded the honour on Sunday in recognition of his work with indigenous youth through the Goodes O'Loughlin Foundation with former teammate Michael O'Loughlin.

Goodes, who will join his teammates on a four-day training camp in Coffs Harbour this week, said he was determined to make this season, which could be his last in the AFL, better than his injury-interrupted campaign in 2013 which restricted him to just 12 games.

"Balance is always key and football will always come first because that's my job," the 34-year-old said.

"I'm out of contract at the end of this year so I really want to make this a really big season for me. I really want to make sure I give myself every opportunity to be the best I can on the footy field. But saying that, this is a really important year for me to use this platform, take those opportunities when I can to talk out and talk about things that I'm passionate about.

"That'll balance each other out and result in a good year."

Goodes (pictured), whose pre-season has been hampered by a knee injury, said he was yet to decide whether he would play on in 2015.

"I think you should approach every year like it's your last year, that's how you keep driving yourself," he said.


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