Swans defender Aliir Aliir has committed to Sydney, signing a three-year contract extension that will tie him to the Club until at least the end of 2021.
Recruited with pick 44 in the 2013 AFL Draft, the 23-year-old had to bide his time in the NEAFL for his first two years on Sydney’s list.
Called up to make his debut in Round 6, 2016, the rebounding defender made the most of his chances at senior level, playing 13 games in his debut season and emerging as a key pillar of Sydney’s back six.
After an injury interrupted 2017 campaign, Aliir has returned to top form this season, playing the past five matches and providing plenty of poise, dash and rebound from the backline.
Swans Head of Football, Tom Harley, says the Club’s excited to have the key defender commit to Sydney.
“We are very pleased to announce Aliir’s contract extension for a further three years,” Harley said.
“Aliir has a great story to tell and we see his footy as an exciting next chapter in his life.
“Since 2016, Aliir has had to overcome some injury challenges but we have seen in the past couple of weeks what he is capable of.
“Aliir is a popular clubman who we see playing an integral role for our club in the future.”
Aliir joins a host of emerging Swans to re-sign this year, including Will Hayward, Ben Ronke, Ryley Stoddart, Joel Amartey and Matt Ling.
Aliir Aliir Statistics
DOB: September 5, 1994
Draft history: Pick 44, 2013 AFL Draft
AFL debut: Round 6, 2016
Swans Player No. 1402
Guernsey No. 36