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Daniel Hannebery Signs Long-term Deal to Stay with Sydney Swans

Sydney has signed superstar onballer Daniel Hannebery to a mega five-year contract extension.

Hannebery, 24, was not out of contract until the end of next season, but made the early commitment to make the most of the lengthy term on offer.

The deal, which locks Hannebery away until the end of 2021, means the prime mover will not become a restricted free agent next year.

Sydney football manager Tom Harley said it was pleasing to have Hannebery committed to the Swans.

“We are really happy to have an important young player like Dan commit long term to the Club,” Harley said. “He is having an outstanding season so far and has shown what a valuable member of our midfield group he is. As a player that arrived from Melbourne five years ago, it is a great show of faith in our footy program to have him commit until at least 2021. We really look forward to Dan being a player who can help drive this group on and off the field in the coming years.”

Melbourne-based clubs were keen to try and tempt the Xavier College product back home to Victoria next year, with advances worth more than $800,000 per season.

But the Swans have locked in one of the most important midfield cogs in their engine room with a lifetime deal.

Hannebery will be 31 in the last season of the new contract.

The coup comes despite an AFL move to phase out the Swans’ Cost Of Living Allowance, which granted the club an extra $1 million in the salary cap.

It is the Swans’ biggest contract since its nine-year $10 million deal for superstar Lance Franklin.

The Swans confirmed the five-year extension for the 2010 AFL Rising Star winner before last night’s clash against Richmond at the SCG.

Sydney had been happy with the progress of negotiations with Hannebery’s manager, Nick Gieschen from Elite Sports Properties, in recent months.

The 2012 premiership ball-winner is having a career-best season and is expected to be one of the main challengers to Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe in this year’s Brownlow Medal.

Hannebery has averaged 30 possessions per game this season.

The All-Australian midfielder is among the league-leaders for disposals (fourth), handballs (fifth), handball receives, inside 50s and rankings points (sixth) and hard ball gets (eighth).

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