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Jude Bolton hoping to extend contract

Adrian Warren 07/06/2011 04:58:56 PM Comments (0)

Sydney's tackling dynamo Jude Bolton is set to terrorise opposing midfielders for at least another year after revealing he is negotiating a contract extension with the AFL club.

Bolton, 31, signed a one-year contract for this season and is showing fine form in the current campaign.

He is the joint leading tackler in the competition alongside West Coast's Scott Selwood and is the third highest possession getter at the Swans.

Bolton is also third on Sydney's all-time games list with 267, behind record-holder Michael O'Loughlin (303) and current colleague Adam Goodes (286).

And further underlining Bolton's value to Sydney is the fact he has played 141 straight games, more than double the streak of any other current Swans player.

Asked on Tuesday whether he had spoken to the club about playing on next year, Bolton said: "We're looking at negotiations at the moment, so hopefully to extend that for however long."

While his long-time colleague Brett Kirk retired after last season, Bolton has been galvanised by the emergence of several youngsters in 2011.

Sydney have already blooded five debutants this season and Bolton says their presence made him keen to keep on playing.

"I think certainly it's added a bit of vitality and gives us older guys a bit of energising," Bolton said.

"They have slotted in really well."

Bolton has been in fine form this season, with the highlight being his record tackle count of 19 in the Swans' round three win over West Coast.

Tackling has been almost second nature to Bolton since his junior days.

"We grew up in the Footscray district footy league, so you had to keep your head over it and get in tight, otherwise you might be sniped occasionally," Bolton recalled.

Bolton said the Swans wanted to reward their supporters' loyalty and was adamant they wouldn't be scarred from having seen the side lose three of their four previous fixtures at the SCG, the venue for Sunday's clash with Richmond.

"Hopefully everyone wants to get there and watch us play, because certainly I think our guys are starting to turn the corner in terms of our ball use," Bolton said.

He was philosophical about the prospect of facing Collingwood in round 14 when a handful of Magpies, including star midfielder Dane Swan, would be coming off a break in Arizona.

"Hopefully he (Swan) is still in holiday mode," Bolton joked."

"That is the luxury of where they are sitting on the ladder, it's probably smart by them, I wish we had that luxury.

"I think if we asked (Sydney) coach Johnny Longmire to give us a bit of time off to get away, I think he would send us to (inner Sydney) Marrickville."

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