AFL: Sydney re-sign Luke Parker until the end of 2021

Young leader: Sydney’s Luke Parker. Photo: Brendan EspositoSydney have shored up their midfield for the long term, with gun midfielder Luke Parker extending his contract at the club for a further five seasons.

The new deal will keep Parker at the Swans until the end of 2021.

Parker, 23, is widely considered to be one of the game’s most exciting midfield talents, and claimed the Bob Skilton Medal as Sydney’s best and fairest in 2014. That honour came two seasons after he was the substitute in the Swans’ upset grand final victory over Hawthorn in 2012.

Parker was plucked by the Swans at pick 40 in the 2010 draft. He joins fellow Victorian Dan Hannebery in committing to the Swans until 2021, with Hannebery also signing a five-year extension midway through last year.

Swans football manager Tom Harley said the club was thrilled to have locked away the onballer.

“When you look at your list, and you look at the on- and off-field attributes you want your players to display, Luke certainly ticks those boxes,” Harley told the Swans’ website.

“He’s a club champion at a young age, the youngest player ever elected to the Swans’ leadership group, a fantastic person to have around the footy club and a terrific player.

“To have Luke, a Victorian kid, commit to the Swans for five-plus years is just a fantastic endorsement of the footy club.”

Parker was similarly pleased to have the deal done prior to the season.

“I’ve loved my time at Sydney so far and I’m really looking forward to the future with this footy club,” Parker said.

“To have this deal locked away now means I can focus on the season ahead and it really paves the way for me to become a one-club player, so I couldn’t be happier.”

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