AFL: Sydney has fended off rival interest to re-sign star young midfielder Isaac Heeney for a further five years.
Just days after reports emerged that Heeney had been offered a multi-million-dollar contract by North Melbourne during October's exchange period, the 20-year-old has penned a lucrative deal that will keep him with the Swans until 2022.
Heeney, who was previously contracted until the end of next season, loomed as one of the game's most coveted players going into 2017 following an impressive start to his senior career.
The 20-year-old is confident about the direction the club is heading.
"It is extremely exciting, it is where I want to be and I have loved the last two years,” he said.
"To sign a five-year contract is special and it gives me that security to really focus on footy now.
"It is an easy decision because I have loved the last two years and what the Swans have ahead is something extremely special within the group.
"I am looking forward to the future that is for sure.
"Everyone wants to be that one-club player, so if I can do that and have a good career with the Swans then I would love that.”
Swans head of football Tom Harley says he's excited Heeney's future is with Sydney.
"We're rapt that Isaac has agreed to terms on a new five-year contract extension and has committed to the club for the long-term,” he said.
"Isaac is clearly a talented player who has played some high-quality football so early in his career.
"Born and bred in the rugby league-dominated city of Newcastle, Isaac developed his game through the QBE Sydney Swans Academy. Alongside our other Academy players, he sets a great example for kids in New South Wales that they too can follow his pathway and play AFL at the elite level.”
The hard-nosed onballer has kicked 44 goals from his first 38 games and flourished when he made a full-time move into the midfield late last season.
Heeney finished fourth in Rising Star voting in 2015, despite playing only 14 matches due to injury across his maiden season in the AFL.
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