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No quick decisions for Jude Bolton

Sportal September 30, 2012, 3:23 pm
Jude Bolton

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Sydney warhorse Jude Bolton insists he is keen to play on next season despite speculation he may bring the curtain down on his stellar career after helping deliver the Swans a second flag in eight seasons on Saturday.

Bolton said the club's decision on whether he will be a required player in 2013 wouldn't be made for another few weeks at least.

But the veteran midfielder, who turns 33 before the start of next season, did admit while the 'fire still burns' inside him to keep playing, winning a second premiership would also probably be a fitting note to retire on.

"I think we'll just sit down once the emotion falls out of it in a couple of weeks and then sit down with 'Horse' (coach John Longmire) and work it out," Bolton said at Sydney's family day at Lakeside Oval on Sunday.

"The fire still burns inside of me but it's probably a good time to go as well, so I don't know.

"I just love playing with this group of guys, certainly I have no issue about rolling around again if we have to ... I'd like to (play on).

"I'm just looking forward to celebrating this and we'll work it out with the club and see where we go from there."

Bolton incredibly played throughout the finals series with partially torn anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in his knee, but was bemused at reports the joint would require a reconstruction and insisted his body is 'feeling good'.

"I was a bit shocked when people came up (to me) and started saying I needed a reconstruction," Bolton said.

"I don't know who brought this up ... it (the knee) is fine."

Bolton's desire to extend his career into a 15th season is understandable given he believes the current playing group that the Swans have assembled over the past few years is capable of delivering more success in the next couple of seasons.

"I'm really proud of the boys that we haven't had to bottom out over the journey ... they don't give up, certainly now we feel we have got a really talented list and we can add to that next year and keep up there," Bolton said.

"We can add guys like Ben McGlynn (and) Gary Rohan to our list (next season).

"We try and think we can be competitive each year... adding guys like Josh Kennedy, (who) is a phenomenal player, and then obviously Lewis Jetta , we know how much he's added to us as well.

"We're excited about what Gary Rohan can do for us, I think he's probably the quickest bloke on our list, to think the two of them (Rohan and Jetta) will be on the half-forwards or on the wings next year will be pretty exciting as well."

Bolton praised the even contribution from the Swans on Saturday and highlighted the performances of Canadian import Mike Pyke and fourth-year midfielder Daniel Hannebery, in particular, as critical to their remarkable premiership victory.

"I just think the contributions from everyone across the board, that's what stood us in good stead all of yesterday," Bolton said.

"Guys like Mike Pyke stood up under pressure, the way Dan Hannebery ran back with the flight in the first quarter was just incredible.

"It just inspired some of the old guys like myself."

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