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Swans pair ink new deals

December 22, 2012 12:14:28 UK

Sydney have agreed contract extensions with Ted Richards and Lewis Roberts-Thomson which will see the pair remain with the Swans until at least the end of 2014.

Lewis Roberts-Thomson has agreed a new deal at Sydney.

Forward Roberts-Thomson kicked a career-high 25 goals in 2012, and was rewarded with life membership.

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Now he and Richards have added a year to their current deals, which were due to expire at the end of next season.

Swans general manager Dean Moore told the club's website: "Both players were valuable members of the Swans premiership team, and it is exciting to have them on board for the 2013 and 2014 seasons."

Moore praised Roberts-Thomson as "a tremendously versatile player".

He added: "There is hardly a position on the ground that LRT hasn't played in the last few seasons.

"Lewis is born and bred here in New South Wales and is a club life member so we are obviously very excited to have him extend his career at the Swans."

Richards has upped his game in the past two seasons, earning All-Australian honours this year for the first time in 11 seasons.

Moore said: "Ted is coming off a personal best season in 2012 that saw him named All Australian after playing on some of the game's biggest and best forwards.

"He is an important member of our leadership group, so it is pleasing to have him re-sign."

Meanwhile, veteran player Jude Bolton admits he may have to get used to spells on the sidelines as he goes in to his 15th AFL season.

The 32-year-old has never shied from his workload during his 301-game career, but accepts that the Swans might want to take advantage of the substitute rule in 2013 to give him some rest.

"I don't want the tap on the shoulder at all, but that's something I've got to get my head around as well," Bolton said.

Lewis is born and bred here in New South Wales.

Dean Moore

"I haven't had to wear the dreaded red vest yet, only once when I did my knee last season."

"There might be times next season when I get subbed off."

Hawthorn are 1.62 favourites to win the Premiership, with the Swans 5001.00.

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