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Heeney puts hand up for Swans midfield

AAP logoAAP 16/12/2016 Adrian Warren

Exciting Sydney AFL youngster Isaac Heeney will urge Swans coach John Longmire to give him more time in the midfield after committing to a five-year contract extension.

The 20-year-old excitement machine joins Luke Parker, Dan Hannebery and Sam Reid as players in recent years who have re-committed to the club for such a lengthy period.

A NSW product from Newcastle and the Swans academy, Heeney is now tied to the club until 2022 and said he would definitely like a leadership role down the track.

He never contemplated playing for another club and wants to stay a Swan for life.

"I love this place and I'd never want to leave it," Heeney said.

"I think every player wants to be that one club player and if I I could do that I would love to be."

"To be offered a contract like this is obviously pretty special and I wouldn't have expected it, not at all."

Heeney played most of his first two seasons up forward, but was outstanding when given time in midfield towards the end of 2016.

"I feel most comfortable in midfield and if I can slip in to that next year that's definitely what I'll be aiming for," Henney said.

"'Growing up I was always a midfielder so ultimately I would love to get there.

"I'm out there running my butt off just to push and get that fitness under my belt to be able to run out a game in the midfield, so I'll be in Horse's (Swans coach John Longmire's) ear constantly just saying 'get me in there,,'"

."But whatever he chooses to do, I'm happy with."

Heeney predicted a bright future for Sydney who were beaten grand finalists in 2014 and 2016, but have made the finals for the last seven seasons and 13 of the past 14.

"We're of that belief going in to next year that hopefully we can go one step further," Heeney said.

"The success they've had over the past 10, 15 years, has been up there with the best and I can't see that slipping in any way.

"I think the young group that we've got coming through can really push and make us hopefully get that elusive premiership."

Heeney was happy to get his deal done early and avoid potential distractions.

"There's always a little bit of speculation there and you just over-think things I think, so to get that under the belt and a bit of security there definitely eases me up a bit," he said.

Sydney also announced on Friday that former AFL commissioner Sam Mostyn would join their board, replacing retiring director Andrew McMaster.

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