The 2012 premiership-winning coach is contracted to the Swans for 2020 but is being sought by his former club North Melbourne, who have reportedly tabled a five-year offer worth $6 million.
If Longmire was to stay in Sydney, it would leave North’s interim coach Rhyce Shaw in the box seat to retain the reins next year at Arden Street after the excellent start he has made since taking over from Brad Scott.
Longmire’s situation is intriguing as Alastair Clarkson and Adam Simpson, both also premiership coaches who played at North Melbourne, have categorically denied they will be leaving their respective clubs to move to the Kangaroos.
Longmire’s situation, however, is different as he is in the process of contract talks whereas his Hawthorn and West Coast counterparts both signed deals last year tying them to their respective clubs until the end of 2022.
While discussions over Longmire’s previous four contract extensions have progressed with a minimum of fuss, talks this time have created widespread headlines due to the interest created by the vacancy at the Kangaroos.
It is unclear whether the Swans have made an offer to Longmire and for how long but they have made it clear they want him to stay.
Longmire’s longest contract extension was for an extra three years. If a similar deal was struck again Longmire, the Swans’ longest-serving coach, would be tied to the club until the end of 2023.
Sydney’s hierarchy have repeatedly said they believe Longmire is heavily invested in the Swans and is excited at the development of their young stars, many of whom have made their debuts under the coach since 2016.
While much has been made about Longmire’s slip of the tongue, when he said he is “absolutely contracted to the North- to the Sydney Swans Football Club”, he also defended his integrity when asked if he believed in contracts.
“I’ve had contracts for 18 years almost. I’m not sure there’s been too many at any football club that’s been at the one club for 18 years. And my level of commitment speaks for itself, I’d suggest,” Longmire said.
Despite the Kangaroos’ resurgence under Shaw, there is still widespread belief within the industry that the Swans have the better list.
Both clubs are on six wins with North having a marginally superior percentage.
The Swans fielded the third least experienced team on the weekend with an average games played of nearly 73, 24 games fewer than the Kangaroos – the equivalent of about one season.
Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald