SYDNEY star Jake Lloyd has recommitted to the club on a long-term deal.
The defender, who made the 40-man All-Australian squad this year after a career-best season, has signed a four-year contract extension to keep him at the club until the end of 2022.
Gold Coast had been linked to Lloyd with Foxfooty.com.au reporting the club, now coached by former Swans assistant Stuart Dew, was offering between $100,000 and $150,000 per year more than Sydney was.
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Lloyd’s current deal has him on around $500,000 a year at Sydney.
Yet with Dan Hannebery requesting a trade to St Kilda, the Swans now appear to have the requisite salary cap space to keep Lloyd on a satisfactory deal.
“It’s really exciting that Jake has committed his future to Sydney, signing a four-year contract extension with the club,” Sydney head of football Tom Harley said.
“Since making his debut in 2014, Jake has really made the most of his opportunities, emerging to become a key member of our back six.
“Jake’s the ultimate professional around the club, he’s an emerging leader and he’s a key component of our team going forward.”