Sydney Swans co-captain Callum Mills has inked a new six-year contract extension, tying him to the club until the end of 2029.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed a career best season in 2022, playing every game and earning All-Australian honours.
Born in New South Wales, Mills was drafted by the Swans at pick 3 in the 2015 national draft, as a graduate of the QBE Sydney Swans Academy.
He had an immediate impact, winning the 2016 AFL Rising Star award in his debut season.
Mills joined the Swans leadership group at just 21 years of age, and in 2022 was elevated to co-captain alongside Dane Rampe and Luke Parker.
Sydney Swans Executive General Manager - Football, Charlie Gardiner said it was exciting for the whole club to have Mills commit long term.
“Callum is an outstanding leader for our team and entire club, and it is wonderful to have him commit long term,” Gardiner said.
“He sets high standards for himself and the group and I think this season has cemented his status as an elite midfielder in the competition.
“It’s really satisfying for the club to see a player who joined the Swans Academy in his early teens, firstly make it on to our senior list, then be elevated to co-captain and now commit long-term to our future.
“Across his 133 senior matches to date, it is clear that he is the ultimate competitor and professional. What is even more apparent is his absolute investment in the team and the club and commitment to driving our group forward.
“I know our fans and supporters will enjoy watching him lead our team in the years ahead,” Gardiner said.
Mills said he is thrilled to sign a long-term deal with the club he grew up supporting.
“Footy is about people and the relationships you form along the way, and I love the football club and the people in it,” Mills said.
“With the group that we’ve got – everyone from the players to the coaches and staff – we are building something special and I’m proud to be able to help drive that.
“When it comes to leadership, it’s about handing over the baton and handing on the knowledge that you’ve learnt over the journey. Kieren (Jack) and Macca (Jarred McVeigh) were the captains when I started, and then Josh (Kennedy), who are all wonderful leaders, so I hope that I can hand on everything I have learned from them to the next generation.”