Sydney Swans speedster Harry Cunningham has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until at least the end of 2024.

The 28-year-old has played 161 games in the red and white and is a member of Sydney’s leadership group.

Originally from Wagga Wagga, Cunningham was taken by the Swans with pick 49 in the 2011 Rookie Draft. His work ethic led him to make his AFL debut in Round 1, 2012 in the inaugural Sydney Derby against GWS.

A contributor on and off the field, Cunningham was named as a finalist for the 2022 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award for his long-term commitment to Redkite, which supports children with cancer and their families. In previous years he has been honoured as Sydney’s Best Clubman (2018) and the Swans’ Rising Star (2014).

Sydney Swans Executive General Manager – Football, Charlie Gardiner, said the club is thrilled to have Cunningham sign on.

“Harry has been an important member of our playing group for many years, regularly matching it with the the best small forwards in the competition and has shown remarkable consistency throughout his whole career,” Gardiner said.

“Harry is an outstanding person and a highly respected member of our club, who leads by example and sets high standards for himself and his teammates. We’re confident Harry will continue to play an important role as part of our defensive group over the next couple of seasons.”

Cunningham joins a long list of Swans who have re-committed to the club in 2022, including Callum Mills, Isaac Heeney, Oli Florent, Justin McInerney, Paddy and Tom McCartin, Jake Lloyd, Tom Papley, Matt Roberts, Will Gould, Ryan Clarke, Chad and Corey Warner, and Lance Franklin