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Goodes, Shaw to return in 2015

Adam Goodes of the Swans runs with the ball during the 2014 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG, Melbourne on September 27, 2014. (Photo: Darrian Traynor/AFL Media)
Adam Goodes in action during the 2014 Grand Final
Upon accepting recognition for his milestone 350th AFL game at Friday night’s Bob Skilton Medal count, Adam Goodes announced he would extend his decorated career into an 18th season.

Goodes, who played his 351st game in last weekend’s Grand Final, told the crowd that his body was feeling good after the finals campaign and that he was looking forward to another season in the red and white.  

“I love playing football and I have enjoyed 2014 as much as I enjoyed my first year, so in the end it was a pretty simple decision,” he said.

“Certainly the view from mid-year, and the Club has been very supportive, was that if my body could hold up to it, then there was no reason why I wouldn’t continue on.

“My body feels as good as it has for some time and the fire is still burning, so I can’t wait to get stuck into 2015.”

Coach John Longmire said it was exciting for the club and the fans that Adam would return for 2015.

“He is a great of our club, but importantly he has been able to contribute really well for us, particularly late in the year.

“He has his pace and he still has his hunger to compete, so we are really pleased with his decision.

"Along with Rhyce Shaw, who has indicated that he will play on next season, we are pleased to have two great leaders want to continue on their careers and be part of that drive for us to improve as a group.  

"Shawy played some great football this year after returning from a knee injury. We were really pleased with his run and look forward to him also returning for 2015.”