Sydney’s first-round draft pick, Matt Ling, has committed to the Swans, putting pen to paper on a one-year contract extension.
The 14th overall pick in last year’s AFL Draft will now be a Swan until at least the end of 2020.
Ling, who played his junior football with the Geelong Falcons, was recruited for his blistering speed, vision and piercing left-foot kick.
After his first pre-season on an AFL list, the rebounding defender will be looking to impress for the NEAFL Swans this year, with a goal to earn his debut in red and white.
Sydney’s Head of Football Tom Harley says it’s great to have Ling commit to the Swans so early in his career.
“From the moment Matt joined the Swans, he settled in so well and showed to everyone that he’s got a bright future ahead,” Harley said.
“We’re so pleased that Matt’s signed for an additional year on top of his initial two-year contract as a new draftee.
“We think Matt will be a great player for us – he’s quick, agile and skilful on his trusty left-foot.
“We look forward to watching Matt’s development in the years to come and seeing him run, carry and take the game on across half-back.”
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Ling joins a host of emerging Swans to commit to Sydney in the past 12 months, including Isaac Heeney, Callum Mills, Will Hayward, Zak Jones, Oliver Florent, Jordan Dawson, Lewis Melican and Darcy Cameron.
Matt Ling Statistics
DOB: April 21, 1999
Draft history: Pick 14, 2017 AFL Draft
Recruited from: Geelong Falcons