PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Kurt Tippett of the Swans celebrates a goal during the First AFL Qualifying Final match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Sydney Swans at Domain Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Sydney’s Kurt Tippett looks set to be a Swan for life, after triggering a contract extension which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2018 season.

Tippett signed a lucrative four-year deal with Sydney in 2012, taking him through to the end of this season.

However, AFL.com.au has reported that Tippett has met trigger clauses in his contract to earn a two year contract extension.

“It’s a great result when you put performance-based incentives in contracts and the player activates them. They get rewarded with the security of a couple of extra years and that’s been the case with Kurt,” Sydney football chief Tom Harley told AFL.com.au.

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“His year last year was almost a year of two halves, the back half of the year was really solid and he ended up finishing eighth in the club championship, which was a reflection of how strongly he finished the season.

“Particularly now with interchanges dropping from 120 to 90, I think all ruckmen now really need to have at least a couple of strings to their bow.

“We know that Kurt can play forward and we also know that he can play in the ruck, so we think he’s a real asset from that end.”

Tippett will be 31 by the time his contract expires.

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