DAVID Swallow has put pen to paper, finalising a contract that will see him remain with the Gold Coast SUNS until the end of 2017.
The recently appointed vice-captain has accepted the offer of a new three-year deal worth about $1.5m.
Swallow said he was looking forward to extending his career on the Gold Coast.
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“I’m really pleased to re-sign with the Gold Coast SUNS. We are continuing to move in the right direction and I really believe we are not too far away from achieving the success we spoke about during our establishment, even before we joined the AFL,” Swallow said.
The 21-year-old said he has now settled into life on the Gold Coast and is hoping that will pay dividends on the field.
“I moved over here as a 17-year-old in 2010 and by the end of this contract I will have spent eight years living on the coast. I do feel settled here now, it was a big move originally, but together with the rest of the team, I think we are now more comfortable in our environment, both on and off the field.”
Taken with selection one in the 2010 NAB AFL Draft, Swallow has played 52 games for the GC SUNS since making his debut in Round 2, 2011, against Carlton at the Gabba.
GC SUNS List & Strategy Manager, Scott Clayton, credited Swallow’s manager Colin Young, in securing a multi-year contract extension.
“We have been in a very unique position in the way that we have built our club and playing list. David was the first player we acquired through the draft and we are really pleased to once again extend his contract with the club,” Clayton said.
“David is an extremely important player for us; this year he joined Dion Prestia and Tom Lynch as vice-captains of our club, all three of these players were selected in our inaugural draft and further demonstrates the enormous impact they will have on our football club going forward.”