Dual premiership player Jude Bolton will take part in his 15th AFL season after deciding to play on in 2013.
The Sydney midfielder was weighing up his future after an injury-interrupted year.
However, with some time away from the club following their grand final triumph in September, the 301-game veteran believes he can still perform in the AFL.
"I just love the competitiveness. I love footy, it's the sport I grew up with and I've always had this passion to play," Bolton told SwansTV.
"You hear people say 'you're a long time retired' and I still think I can really compete at this level."
Bolton managed to play a key role in Sydney's 10-point grand final win over Hawthorn just weeks after suffering torn posterior and anterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee against Carlton.
Testament to Bolton's determination, the 32-year-old is already back in training ahead of the club's official December 7 start date and is feeling fresh and ready to go.
"I wanted to let my knee settle down a little bit post-grand final and certainly it feels really good now," he said.
"You get that itch to start training again and certainly that happens after a couple of weeks off.
"Some of the guys have been overseas and they're starting to roll back in now so I'm really looking forward to getting out there training and I'm excited for the 2013 season."