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Longmire extends contract

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 31: John Longmire, Senior Coach of the Swans poses for a photograph during the Sydney Swans 2019 official team photo day at the Royal Hall of Industries on January 31, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 31: John Longmire, Senior Coach of the Swans poses for a photograph during the Sydney Swans 2019 official team photo day at the Royal Hall of Industries on January 31, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

The Sydney Swans are pleased to announce John Longmire has extended his contract for a further three years, which will see him remain Sydney’s senior coach until at least the end of 2023.

Longmire joined the Swans as an assistant coach in 2002 and was part of the team that welcomed Sydney’s drought-breaking 2005 premiership win.

He took the reigns as senior coach ahead of the 2011 season, through a succession plan upon the departure of Paul Roos.

In his time in charge, Longmire has led Sydney to nine straight finals series, achieving premiership success in 2012 and making two other Grand Finals in 2014 and 2016.

In Round 7 this year, he became the Club’s longest-serving coach. 

Longmire said he’s thrilled to have put pen to paper and is looking forward to continuing the journey in Sydney.

“Sydney’s my home – my kids have grown up here and I love the club,” Longmire said. 

“The job of the senior coach is a huge commitment from both sides, so it was important to take the time to ensure that I could continue to give the role the energy it needs. I’m really pleased that the club has the faith in me to continue and that I have the support of my family to continue.

“Our team at the Swans has evolved quite considerably, particularly this year, but what we do have is a young list with plenty of energy and enthusiasm. They are a highly committed group that’s capable of achieving great things together.

“I’m really excited about the challenge the future presents and am looking forward to continuing to work with our young list, our coaches, staff and our wonderfully supportive Board.” 

Sydney CEO Tom Harley says it’s exciting to have Longmire secured for the long term.

“John has been an unbelievable leader of our Club for a long time now and we’re just rapt that he’s going to be continuing as senior coach,” Harley said.

“While John’s coaching record speaks for itself, what has been particularly impressive is his ability to evolve the team over the years.

“John has unbelievably strong relationships with our players and I know how much he’s enjoying coaching this current group. 

“The future is certainly bright with John locked in, an exciting young playing group and work to soon begin on our new state-of-the-art facility at the Royal Hall of Industries.”