Deal avoids trade talk ramp­ing up

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

SYD­NEY de­fender Dane Rampe has ex­tended his con­tract un­til 2022 to avoid con­jec­ture about his fu­ture next sea­son.

The rookie suc­cess story has be­come one of the AFL’s most re­li­able de­fend­ers de­spite play­ing un­der­sized on many of the league’s key for­wards.

He said yesterday he was happy to sign on for three more sea­sons when the Swans handed his man­age­ment a con­tract of­fer nearly 12 months from his con­tract ex­pir­ing.

“It came to­gether pretty eas­ily, the club ap­proached me a lit­tle bit ear­lier than I would have thought but I’m ob­vi­ously rapt,” he told Syd­ney’s web­site.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about the group we have and ob­vi­ously be­ing a lo­cal boy I didn’t want to go any­where and I think the club knew that as well so that prob­a­bly helped them from their end.’’

Rampe said the new faces had rein­vig­o­rated pre­sea­son.

“I guess that’s part of the ex­cite­ment,’’ Rampe said. “We’ve turned over a quar­ter of our list, which is the prob­a­bly the big­gest turnover since my first year in 2013.’’

Rampe has been work­ing with new back­line coach Tadhg Ken­nelly.

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