It just so happened that his mate was the cousin of Charlie Dixon, the key forward who started at the Gold Coast. He is now with Port Adelaide, the team that upset the Swans last Saturday and left them hanging precariously at the bottom of the top eight.
Heeney and his elder brother Beau, who also spent time at the Swans’ academy before starting a building business and a family, grew up on a farm and spent their life outdoors.
“Mum was always having to call us in for dinner,” Heeney recalled with a laugh.
Their father taught them how to fish and Heeney loves the relaxed solitude.
“Rather than me sitting in front of a TV and watching a show it’s my little getaway, a bit of peaceful time having a flick of a line into the ocean,” he said.
“Even if you’re not catching anything, it’s still beautiful to…