Dylan Stephens turned down interest from rival AFL clubs because he wanted to cement his place in the Sydney Swans side in 2022.
The Swans are priced at 12/1 to win the 2022 AFL grand final and the talented youngster is now ready to play his role after committing his short-term future.
Stephens was struggling to force his way in to coach John Longmire's 22 in 2021 and that lead to a number of clubs sounding him out about a potential switch away.
However the No.5 pick from the 2019 NAB AFL Draft turned his back on them all in favour of penning a new two-year contract with the Swans and he is now excited for the future.
"It was really tough," Stephens told AFL.com.au. "Throughout the season when I wasn't playing I was getting approached by other clubs, Victorian and South Australian, constantly, as well as trying to play footy.
"That's (contract) the last thing on your mind at the time.
"They weren't approaching me directly, but it's things in the media coming out about that, your teammates seeing that too, it can be weird, but lucky for me I just put it aside and focussed on what was at hand."
Despite all the rumours and time out of the side last season, Stephens says the Swans are the only club he wants to play for and a move was not an option.
"I always wanted to stay, I've only spent two years and love it here," he added. "How much time we spent together, the tough times of being away from hone and we're all in it together.
"We had a choice to make, whether to embrace it or have a sook about it and we chose to enjoy it.
"We got a great group of young blokes. We're a tight knit group and the last thing you want to do is leave that after only two years."