Out-of-contract Essendn swingman Aaron Francis is reportedly on the brink of signing with the Sydney Swans.

Francis' uncertain future at Tullamarine has left the versatile key-position talent to begin weighing up his options for 2023, with a new contract at Essendon no guarantee.

The 25-year-old was linked with a potential return to his home state of South Australia this off-season after meeting with Port Adelaide, however a switch to Alberton Oval has seemingly gone cold.

The Swans were the next rival to show an interest in the former Pick 6, who has struggled to cement his spot in Essendon's senior side throughout his seven seasons with the Bombers.

Hoping to bolster their backline, Sydney are said to be nearing a finalised deal for Francis, according to SEN's Sam Edmund, with an announcement potentially confirmed as early as Tuesday.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 12: Aaron Francis of the Bombers runs during the Essendon Bombers training session at The Hangar on January 12, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The addition of Francis may see the Swans light up the career of another out-of-favour talent as they join a new club, with grand final features Paddy McCartin, Ryan Clarke and Tom Hickey all flourishing in the red and white since moving to Bondi.

Francis has shared his 54 games in the red sash across defence and attack at Essendon, however is seen as more of a backman.

The West Adelaide product would join the aforementioned McCartin, Tom McCartin, Dane Rampe and Jake Lloyd in John Longmire's backline, while also being able to be swung forward if called upon.

Sydney aren't anticipating a busy trade period, with Francis looming as the New South Wales side's only piece of business for the exchange window.

The Swans will place plenty of attention toward the National Draft, where they currently hold two first-round picks set at selections 14 and 17 overall.