Sydney Swans young star Jordan Dawson has requested a trade to his home state South Australia, in a hammer blow for the club.
Regarded as one of the best kicks in the AFL, the 24-year old, who finished third in the Swans’ best and fairest, informed the club of his decision to return home.
“Jordan has indicated to the club his desire to return to South Australia to be closer to family,” Swans general manager of football Charlie Gardiner said in a statement.
“Jordan has been weighing up this decision for some time and despite there being an attractive long-term deal on offer with the Swans, he has arrived at the decision that he would like to return home.
“The news is obviously disappointing for the club. Jordan is a young, hugely talented player who is coming off a breakout season in 2021, which only adds to the disappointment.”
Rumoured salary cap issues have plagued the Swans for a number of weeks, though co-captain Luke Parker has already re-committed to the club until the end of 2025.
Dawson, who was drafted out of SANFL club Sturt with pick 56 in the 2015 draft, has played 64 games at the club, including playing every game in the Swans’ return to finals in 2021.
Averaging 22 disposals a game, the half-back was one of the AFL’s most improved players this season, particularly excelling with three goals and 26 disposals in the Swans’ upset win over the Western Bulldogs in Round 17.
Dawson has reportedly attracted interest from both South Australian clubs, but Adelaide’s extra salary cap space and extra draft options compared to crosstown rivals and preliminary finalists Port Adelaide has them in the box seat.
Fellow Swan and restricted free agent George Hewett’s future is also up in the air, with Victorian clubs circling.