“Jordan has indicated to the club his desire to return to South Australia to be closer to family,” he said.
“Jordan has been weighing up this decision for some time and despite there being an attractive long-term deal on offer with the Swans, he has arrived at the decision that he would like to return home.
“The news is obviously disappointing for the club. Jordan is a young, hugely talented player who is coming off a breakout season in 2021, which only adds to the disappointment.”
The free agency market does not contain the stars of previous years with Jack Billings expected to re-sign with the Saints, while Sydney are set to lose George Hewett, with Carlton the most likely destination for the defensive midfielder.
North Melbourne free agent Trent Dumont has yet to receive an offer from the Kangaroos and is exploring his options. He had a strong 2020, finishing fifth in the club’s best and fairest before injuries hampered his start to 2021, with the club also looking to put games into young players.
Although disappointed at Dawson’s decision, Hayden McLean is negotiating with the Swans on a potential deal, but his future remains uncertain. James Bell will stay after fulfilling a trigger in his contract.
Meanwhile, the Giants announced that emerging midfielder Jacob Hopper has re-signed with the club extending his contract until the end of 2023. Hopper was one of their best players in 2021 and will finish high up in the club’s best and fairest.
Highly-rated former Brisbane Lions’ assistant Dale Tapping is expected to be in high demand when he returns to Victoria as several clubs look to secure assistant coaches for 2022.
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