Exciting midfielder Justin McInerney has extended his commitment to the Sydney Swans until at least the end of 2026, signing a four-year contract extension.

The 21-year-old was drafted with pick 44 in the 2018 AFL Draft, making his debut in round four of the 2019 season. McInerney has since played 36 games for the club, with his speed, endurance and flair catching the eye of Swans fans. 

Following an injury hampered 2020 season, McInerney enjoyed a breakout year in 2021 where he earned his second AFL NAB Rising Star nomination, finishing fourth overall in the AFL Rising Star. McInerney also took home the Club’s Dennis CarrollAward in 2021 for Most Improved Player. 

Sydney Swans Executive General Manager – Football, Charlie Gardiner, said he is delighted to see McInerney commit long term to the football Club. 

“We are thrilled to have Justin commit to the club for the next 4 years,” Gardiner said.

“Justin has impressed us with his hard running and versatility and is developing into an important part of our young midfield group. He has an excellent feel for the game and is continually learning and working hard to improve. 

“Justin is a quality young man and brings a fantastic energy with him wherever he goes, both on and off the field. We’re all looking forward to watching him continue to grow and improve his game in the years ahead.


McInerney revealed the decision to commit to the club was an easy one to make.

“We have a lot of good players, and a lot of good people around us at the club. I never looked anywhere else, it was always the Swans,” McInerney said.

“It’s such an exciting time for our club with our mix of senior leaders and younger guys coming through – I’m really looking forward to what’s to come in the next few years.

“Personally, I just want to continue to play my role – whether that’s playing outside or moving inside, I’m happy to play wherever the team needs me.

“It’s just such a special club to be a part of, we love playing with each other and we love playing for each other. People talk about the Bloods culture, and it rings true. I’m really looking forward to spending the next four years here.”

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