Sydney Swans star Isaac Heeney is set to remain a Blood for life, after signing a six-year contract extension keeping him at the club until the end of the 2028 season.
The 25-year-old enjoyed another dominant season at the club in 2021, kicking 36 goals from 21 games including four in Sydney’s elimination final against GWS.
A product of the QBE Sydney Swans Academy, Heeney made his debut in 2015 and enjoyed a decorated start to his career, taking out the club’s Rising Star Award as well as being awarded the AFL Coaches Association Best First Year Player.
In 2016, Heeney won the AFL Best Young Player award, took out the 2018 AFL Mark of the Year and was twice selected in the AFL Players’ Associations 22Under22, in 2017 and 2018.
Sydney Swans Executive General Manager – Football, Charlie Gardiner says he is thrilled to see Heeney commit his future to the club.
“Isaac is a special player whose hard work and dedication has seen him develop into one of the best talent’s our Club has seen,” Gardiner said.
“He is an enormous competitor, driven to improve year on year and we’re confident his best is still to come. Isaac’s long term commitment to the Club is testament to his love and passion for the Club, his coaches and his teammates. I know his focus is squarely on helping the team get better and delivering ultimate success.
“The Swans community, including players, staff and our members, can look forward to watching Isaac in the red and white for many years to come.”
'Heeney said he is excited to have secured his future in the red and white.
“I’m over the moon, this is a club that is very special to me. It’s the club I grew up barracking for and to be a one club player here at the Sydney Swans is incredibly humbling and extremely exciting,” Heeney said.
“The bond we have at this club, from the players to the coaching staff, we’re all one unit. We ride the highs and lows together, and how we stick together is a reflection of the Bloods culture.
“I’m determined to help this club achieve that ultimate success. Losing the 2016 Grand Final makes you appreciate how hard it is to get there on the last day of September, and how much I really want it. Over the next six years that is my biggest goal.”
After seasons impacted by the pandemic, Heeney revealed he can’t wait to welcome fans back into the stands when the Sydney Swans play their first home game at the SCG in Round 2.
“It’s been a tough couple of years – we’ve missed the crowds. It’s going to be amazing to see the SCG packed out. To have our members and fans support us is what we play for ultimately. The smiles, cheers and excitement that all the members and fans bring, it’s going to be amazing out there in 2022.”