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Roos contracted until end of 2008

02/10/2004 05:01:07 PM Comments (0)

Sydney has put its trust in Paul Roos's regime with the head coach agreeing to terms to stay on in the job until the end of the 2008 AFL season.

The 41-year-old has guided the team to consecutive finals appearances in his first two full seasons in charge and was voted coach of the year by his peers last year.

The former champion defender for Fitzroy and Sydney made the transition from being Rodney Eade's assistant to the top job in the middle of the 2002 season.

He was contracted until the end of next season but Swans management ensured they kept their man with a three-year contract extension.

Roos has an enviable record having presided over 35 wins from 58 matches for a winning percentage of a touch over 60 per cent.

Even two-time premiership coaches Denis Pagan and Mick Malthouse only have winning percentages in the 50s.

"I'm delighted that I've been able to come to terms with the club for an extended contract and obviously the board believes we are headed in the right direction," Roos said.

Swans chairman Richard Colless announced the contract extension at the club champion awards in Sydney on Friday night.

"We feel very comfortable with the direction that the club is headed both on and off the field and the board believe we now have the right people to continue to progress the club in the long term," Colless said.

Sydney made the preliminary final in 2003 before bowing out in the second week of the finals this season.

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