Tough midfielder James Rowbottom will remain with the Sydney Swans until at least the end of 2028, inking a four-year contract extension with the club.

Rowbottom was originally drafted with pick no.25 in 2018, making his debut against Richmond the following year and going on to play 97 games for the club so far.

The 23-year-old has quickly earned a reputation for his tackling and fearless ball-winning ability, finishing the 2023 campaign averaging 18 disposals, seven tackles and five clearances per game, as well as a club record for the most tackles in a season with 176.

Rowbottom has finished third in Sydney’s last two Club Champion counts, a testament to his consistency.

The midfielder said he’s thrilled to sign on with the red and white long term.

“It’s an honour to have the club put their faith in me for another four years. I love this club and I couldn’t imagine myself playing in any other colours,” Rowbottom said.

“We have a young group of impressive and committed players on our list. We felt like we took a big step forward last year, and we have enjoyed a solid start to 2024 already. I’m excited for what’s to come.”


Sydney Swans Executive General Manager Football – AFL, Leon Cameron, said it is fantastic to see Rowbottom remain with Sydney.

“James is a highly respected member of the playing group and has been a key contributor to our team for several seasons now,” said Cameron.

“He is one of the toughest players on our list, consistently delivering his best week in, week out. He’s also the ultimate professional who sees the game as well as anyone.

“We look forward to James continuing to play an important role in the development of our team in the coming years.”

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