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North Melbourne re-sign young star Swallow

By Roger Vaughan 27/10/2010 06:27:41 PM Comments (0)

North Melbourne have headed off Greater Western Sydney, re-signing young AFL midfield star Andrew Swallow to a long-term deal.

There was strong speculation that GWS were trying to secure a commitment from the 23-year-old during their "window" from October 31 until the pre-season drafts.

The AFL's 18th team, who will enter the competition in 2012, can use that period to recruit players who come out of contract at the end of next season.

But Swallow said his first preference was always North and he has re-signed for at least three more years.

"I was aware of all the GWS talk but I was really keen to stay at North Melbourne," Swallow, who is overseas, told the AFL website.

"My manager has been talking to the club while I've been away and I'm really happy that everything was sorted out.

"I truly believe that we will be able to achieve great things if we can all stick together.

"The club has a really bright future and Brad Scott, the coaches and staff have all put a lot of work into turning things around, I'm just really happy to be a part of the future here."

There was also talk that the AFL's 17th team Gold Coast might also try to sign Swallow, given they will recruit his younger brother David with a high pick in next month's national draft.

Young key defender Nathan Grima has also agreed to a contract extension at North, while onballer Daniel Wells re-signed late last month.

North impressed under new coach Scott this season, winning 11 games and finishing ninth.

"We have worked hard over the past few years to build what we feel is a very talented young list," said Kangaroos football manager Donald McDonald.

"Andrew and Nathan have shown a great deal of belief in the direction we are heading and we are extremely happy to have them on board."

Swallow has played 84 senior games since his 2006 debut and is regarded as a future North captain.

He won their best-and-fairest award in 2009 and was third this season.

Swallow led the competition in tackles this year and was in the initial 40-man squad for the All-Australian team.

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