AFL: Gold Coast Suns midfielder David Swallow has re-signed with the club until the end of the 2019 season, ending speculation he would head to North Melbourne to join his brother Andrew.
The 24-year-old was taken with the No.1 pick in the 2010 draft and made his debut in the Suns' first game in the AFL in 2011.
But the West Australian has played just six games in the past two seasons - and none in 2016 - after struggling with knee injuries. He is on track to play in round one next year.
Swallow said he was thrilled to have signed the new deal.
"The Gold Coast Suns mean so much to me. I love the club, my teammates, coaches, fans and the Gold Coast, and I'm rapt to be continuing my career here,” he said.
"I am excited as anyone about 2017. We have recruited so well, I am super impressed with the new players who have joined the club and the boys are training the house down.
"The last couple of seasons have been challenging for me on a personal level and I appreciate the support I have received.
"This is probably a strange thing to say, because many players hate the thought of the long, hard yards of pre-season training, but I am really enjoying being back out on the track.
"Feeling the pain from training as hard as you can is a pain I haven't experienced in a long time and I can't tell you how happy I am to be in that position.”
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