Key forward Hayden McLean has locked in his future with the red and white, signing on with the Sydney Swans until at least the end of 2027.
The 24-year-old has become a pivotal part of Sydney’s forward line since joining the Swans in the pre-season of 2019.
McLean has played 52 games to date, showing plenty of promise in both the forward line and the ruck, including goal hauls of three against West Coast and four against the Giants this season.
Executive GM – Football Charlie Gardiner said the club is thrilled to secure McLean for at least the next four seasons.
“Hayden has become an important part of our forward set up and has been one of our most consistent performers this season both as a key forward and supporting our midfield in the ruck.” Gardiner said.
“He’s got great athleticism and a real drive to improve and get the most out of himself which is what we love about him.
He has worked incredibly hard to get his opportunity since joining the Club via the rookie list and it’s exciting to see him develop alongside Joel and Logan, who we think have a bright future together.”
McLean was taken by the Swans as a pre-season supplementary list selection from South Adelaide, having previously captained the Sandringham Dragons. He made his AFL debut against Fremantle in round 18 of the 2019 season.
McLean said he was thrilled to have signed on with the Swans.
“It’s very exciting. I know the last few years have been very good and I’m looking forward to the next few, I’m very excited to put pen to paper,” McLean said.
“I think I’m a bit better off for taking the harder way (to get to the AFL). Moving around and trying to fight for a spot made me appreciate having a spot at the moment and what it takes each week to compete, and I think that’s front of mind to compete every week.
“Having a bit of a taste last year, to get to that spot and have a crack was a great experience for us and a great learning curve. I think being there again this year, and with the young group that we have got and the talent that has developed throughout the year together, I can see a lot of success going forward.”
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