Swan leaves enough for Pendles, Thomas - Sports News - Fanatics - the world's biggest events

Swan leaves enough for Pendles, Thomas

By John Salvado and Melissa Woods 23/03/2011 03:23:23 PM Comments (0)

Champion midfielder Dane Swan says he's left plenty of money in the pot to keep rising superstar teammates Scott Pendlebury and Dale Thomas out of the clutches of Greater Western Sydney.

Swan, 27, has declared he's a "Pie for life" by signing a new deal with Collingwood, believed to be worth more than $700,000 as season, that runs until the end of 2014.

It ended speculation he would move to new franchise GWS, who enter the AFL in 2012.

The Giants are able to snare a maximum of one out-of-contract player from each of the other 17 AFL clubs and have also been strongly linked to Pendlebury and Thomas, both aged 23.

"I've left lots of room in the salary cap for them," said Swan, who has won the past three Collingwood best and fairest awards.

"There's plenty of money there for them."

Swan was delighted at the prospect of ending his career as a one-club player.

"That's pretty much my career done, which is something I'm very proud to be, a Collingwood player for life," he said.

"I love Melbourne and my friends and family and this is where I want to be."

Pendlebury and Thomas were also key members of the Collingwood side which ended a 20-year premiership drought last year.

Although either would be a very attractive prospect for GWS, who are desperate to sign some established stars, Swan believed they would also stay with Collingwood.

"I would assume that they will be here," said Swan.

"But it's a bigger decision for them because they are a lot younger and have got longer to go in their career than me."

Swan promised he had had no direct contact with GWS.

"Whether they spoke to my manager or not, I honestly didn't know anything about it," he said.

"It was never a decision that I was going to go there.

"... whether we were on the bottom or the top I would have stayed here because I love the culture and I love the footy club."

The players spoke after the grand final triumph about sticking together to secure the club's long-term success, although Swan predicted changes would come.

"Maxy (captain Nick Maxwell) said we can have long success here but most of the boys know that, they're not stupid. They know we've got a very talented list and we can go a long way in the next few years," said Swan.

"It would be an amazing achievement if we all stayed together and have some more success, but football's a business these days so you can't really expect us to be together forever.

"There are going to be some changes eventually, whether it's from the club or by the players leaving."

Brought to you by AAP AAP © 2022 AAP

0 Comments about this article

Post a comment about this article

Please sign in to leave a comment.
Becoming a member is free and easy, sign up here.

« All sports news