New deal at Swans for McVeigh

Sportal July 7, 2012, 10:54 am
Jarrad McVeigh

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Sydney Swans co-captain Jarrad McVeigh has put to rest any speculation of a move away from the harbour city by inking a new three-year deal with the club.

McVeigh, 27, was eligible to become a restricted free agent at the end of 2012, but said he never seriously thought about leaving Sydney.

"It's always nice to be a one club player and that's what I want to be," McVeigh told the Swans' website, after signing a contract that will keep him in Sydney until 2015.

"To sign a new three-year deal with the team that I've grown up with is something that I love to do and I love playing for this team."

"I want to play for this team. There's a bright young future with a lot of good, young players coming through, and with the mix of experienced guys; it was a no-brainer for me to stay at this footy club."

McVeigh, who was taken with pick five in the 2002 National Draft, missed out on the Swans' flag in 2005, and said their heartbreaking loss to the West Coast Eagles in the 2006 Grand Final is a primary motivating factor as his career enters its latter stages.

"I want to win a premiership," he said. "I was lucky enough to play in the 2006 Grand Final - unfortunately we lost that - but the experience of that time, and then the year before ... to watch the boys win a premiership is something I aspire to."

"Along with Nick Malceski and Teddy Richards, who also played in a losing (Grand Final), the three of us, we always have that in the back of our minds."

And McVeigh believes the Swans are forming the bedrock for another tilt at the ultimate prize.

"You've seen throughout this year the likes of (Luke) Parker, (Sam) Reid, (Dan) Hannebery, and Jetts (Lewis Jetta), have really come through, and with more experience those guys are going to get better and better, and it's an exciting time for this footy club," McVeigh said.

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