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Jake Lloyd has re-signed with the Sydney Swans
You want to focus on footy but it's always in the back of your mind I guess
Jake Lloyd

THE SYDNEY Swans have locked away another young star, with Jake Lloyd signing a new two-year contract with the club.

Negotiations for Lloyd's deal began at the start of this year and while he admits it took longer than expected, he's now settled in Sydney until at least the end of 2018.

Lloyd has been one of the Swans' most consistent players, having missed just one game since he made his debut back in round five, 2014.

The 22-year-old attracted interest from a number of opposition clubs but said his intention was always to remain a Swan.

"I'm really happy to get it out of the way before the end of the season, now I can focus on the next five weeks and then finals," Lloyd said on Tuesday.

"You want to focus on footy but it's always in the back of your mind I guess."

Showing off his versatility, Lloyd was used across half back in last week's six-point win over Carlton at the SCG, with co-captain Jarrad McVeigh (groin) and Zak Jones (ankle) out injured.

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The former rookie-listed Swan gathered 28 possessions at almost 80 per cent efficiency and had nine rebound 50s against the Blues.

Lloyd, who has played most of his 60 career games as a wingman or midfielder, said he was happy to switch up roles when coach John Longmire floated the idea with him during the week. 

"I played a lot of footy there as a junior so I felt as though I was capable of filling in," he said. 

"There was no real pressure, we've got guys like (Heath) Grundy and (Dane) Rampe back there and they're very reassuring. 

"Thankfully on the weekend I played a lot higher up the ground, and as a wingman I'm a pretty defensive so it wasn't too much of a change for me."

Lloyd played his first game against Fremantle in Perth in round five, 2014, and he returns there on Sunday as the Swans look to consolidate their spot in the top four.

The Dockers have won just three games this season and sit 16th on the ladder, but will be buoyed by captain Matthew Pavlich's 350th milestone, and still possess dangerous small forwards like Michael Walters. 

"Whenever you play over there it's a hostile environment and we just can't let the crowd get into it," Lloyd said.

"When the crowd gets up those little guys tend to play really good footy, so it's about shutting them down early.

"Similar to last week, I need to try and make them worry about me a little bit as well."