The Swans announce on Tuesday that Longmire and the club had agreed to a three-year contract extension, which will tie him to the Swans until the end of the 2020 season.
After joining the club as an assistant coach in 2002, Longmire took over as Sydney’s senior coach in 2011. He has coached the club to a finals campaign in every year since, including the 2012 AFL premiership and 2014 Grand Final.
Should Longmire complete his contract, he will become the third Swans coach in a row to break the club’s coaching record after Rodney Eade and Paul Roos.
Longmire said he didn’t mull over the offer from the Swans for too long, which ensured the negotiation process was “sorted out quickly”.
He paid tribute to the club’s off-field stability, which has allowed him to concentrate on everything on-field at the Swans.
We’re all chasing Hawthorn. The standard they’ve been able to set over them last few years has been extremely high. We’re all striving to get better, but the challenge is we know Alastair and Hawthorn are doing the same thing,” Longmire said.
“It doesn’t get any easier, but we look forward to it. We’ve introduced some really good young players this year and we’re evolving our list all the time and that’ll continue to evolve the rest of this year and also coming years.”
Longmire was originally out of contract at the end of 2017, but Swans general manager of football Tom Harley said the new deal gives the club “stability going forward”.
“There’s no question that John’s leadership has been a key ingredient in our team’s performance — he drives high standards right across the football club,” Harley said in a statement.
Already this season we have blooded six AFL debutants. We firmly believe John is the best person to guide our young players and coach our team, as our list and the demands of the competition continue to evolve.”
Swans chairman Andrew Pridham said Longmire’s remarkable record as both a player and coach “speaks for itself”.
“He is highly regarded and much respected by everyone at the Swans, and indeed, right across the AFL,” Pridham said.
“What John brings to our team is a tremendous work ethic, strong values and a genuine care for those he works with. His vision for our football club has already yielded great results and we look forward to him leading our team to future success.”