Papley commits to Swans

16 September 2020 15:53:28 GMTPlus10

Sydney Swans star Tom Papley has committed his future to the club and says coach John Longmire is one of the main reasons why.

Papley was keen to return to Victoria at the end of last year to be closer to his family and was disappointed when a switch to Carlton proved to be unsuccessful.

Rumours have again been rife suggesting that a move to Carlton could happen this year, while other Victorian clubs have also been linked.

However the 24-year-old has now revealed he is more settled in Sydney and has no intention of pursuing a trade, news that is sure to delight all concerned with the Swans.

The talented small forward says his love for the club has always been there, but family issues led him to push for a return home.

That is all sorted now and Papley has also singled out Longmire and says the coach's influence has also convinced him to stay.

"I had my best mate move up which played a massive part as well as the boys at the club but probably the biggest part was 'Horse' (Longmire)," Papley said.

"The care and the role he's given me, he's just a genuine good man. He's caring, very passionate and invested in where the club wants to go and I love that about him. He was a very big reason for why I stayed."

Papley says he is also convinced the Swans are heading in the right direction, and now his own future is sorted, he is looking forward to seeing how far the club can go.

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