Sydney Swans lock down promising youngsters on new deals

Sydney has moved quickly to secure two of its more promising players, with Oliver Florent, taken in last years NAB AFL Draft with pick 11 and Jordan Dawson re-committing to the club.

Florent, the Swans first pick in last years draft, has signed a two year extension to keep him at the Swans until the end of 2020.

Dawson has also penned a two year extension and will be tied to the club until the end of the 2019 season, after being taken with pick 56 in the 2015 AFL draft.

The Swans have placed a premier on their youth this season, with the pair joining Isaac Heeney, Callum Mills, Will Hayward and Darcy Cameron, who've all extended their contracts.

Sydney's head of football Tom Harley was delighted to have the pair re-commit to the club.

"Oliver has settled in well – he’s a Melbourne boy – so to have your first-round draft pick commit beyond his mandated two-year contract is great," he said.

"Jordan played his first game against Collingwood (in round three) and has been back in the NEAFL since, but he’s really starting to dominate games.

“We think he’s a fantastic character and exactly the type of person we want to have around the club – and he’s developing really nicely as a footballer."

A product of Sandringham Dragons, Florent has been impressive in his six games so far this season playing across half-forward, and he had no hesitation pledging his future to the club.

"I'm very excited, I know I've landed at a great club and to sign for another two years is really special," he said.

"I'm just focused on playing a few more senior games, and hopefully I can play some good footy, and if we make the finals, I can play a part in it."

Dawson has been in scintillating form in the NEAFL, frequently best on field having seen his role shift from half-forward to inside midfielder.

He currently sits third in the league MVP, after averaging 29 possessions and kicking 19 goals from 8 games this season.

"We've been talking about the new contract for a few weeks now so I'm pretty happy to get it done," he said.

"I'll keep pushing my case for senior selection to the coaches but the boys are playing well, so it's a pretty tough team to crack at the moment."

It's fantastic news for the club, but the elusive signature of Zak Jones surely remains the priority.

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