MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 31: Sam Reid of the Swans kicks the ball during the 2017 AFL round 02 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium on March 31, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Sydney star Sam Reid has rejected significant interest from rival clubs to sign a new four-year deal with the Swans.

Reid, who turns 26 later this year, will now likely be a Swan for life, with his new deal keeping him in the harbour city until 2021.

The 195cm swingman said he never truly considered leaving the club.

“It would be great to play with my brother but the reality is it’s pretty tough to do these days,” he said.

“He loves it in Melbourne and I love it in Sydney, so we might have to wait until we’re 40 and play a local game in the country somewhere.

“My parents get up here pretty much every second week to watch me as well.

“I’m not missing out on too much being up here, the lifestyle and the weather is really good, and I’ve just grown to love it over the past eight years.”

Reid did not play a game in 2016 due to Achilles, hamstring and calf issues, but has bounced back in 2017, playing 17 games and so far kicking 24 goals.

It was frustrating but I didn’t think that my body had too many issues, it was just a bit of an odd injury that we couldn’t put a finger on until later in the year,” Reid said.

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“I was focused on staying fit and playing footy (this year), and being able to stay on the field was the main thing (that would lead to) getting another contract.

“That’s been the case so far, touch wood, and the Swans have shown faith in me again, so I’m looking to repay that and play as much footy as I can.”

Reid has played a total of 115 games for the Swans, including the 2012 premiership, since making his debut in 2010.

Richmond and Collingwood had been linked with a move for the out of contract star.