Young prospect Justin McInerney has committed to the Sydney Swans until 2026 after adding four more years to his contract.
McInerney, who debuted round four in 2019, was taken with pick 44 in the 2018 super-draft that saw Sam Walsh go pick 1 along with the King brothers as well as teammates Nick Blakey and James Rowbottom.
The exciting midfielder has since played 36 games and looks established in a youthful and intriguing Sydney Swans outfit.
Despite an injury-riddled year in 2020, McInerney experienced a break-out season the following year, playing all but two games. Proving himself at the elite level, coach John Longmuir has instilled faith in the talented midfielder, giving him more game time and responsibility as the Swans vie for a top four finish in season 2022.
McInerney’s speed, vision and elite ball use are all assets of his, as the Swans see the Victorian being a key pillar for the future.
Sydney Swans Football Manager, Charlie Gardiner, is more than pleased with McInerney’s recent commitment to the club.
“We are thrilled to have Justin commit to the club for the next 4 years,” Gardiner said.
“Justin is a quality young man and brings a fantastic energy with him wherever he, both on and off the field. We’re looking forward to watching him continue to grow and improve his game in the years ahead.”
McInerney said the decision to re-sign was a no-brainer.
“We have a lot of good players, and a lot of good people around us at the club. I never looked anywhere else, it was always the Swans,” McInerney said.
“It’s such an exciting time for our club with our mix of senior leaders and younger guys coming through – I’m really looking forward to what’s to come in the next few years.
“Personally, I just want to continue to play my role – whether that’s playing outside or moving inside, I’m happy to play wherever the team needs me.
“It’s just such a special club to be a part of, we love playing with each other and we love playing for each other. People talk about the Bloods culture, and it rings true. I’m really looking forward to spending the next four years here.”
The Swans sit 5th on the ladder with a 5-2 win/loss record and look to improve that against the Gold Coast.