Heeney admits using Sydney cost of living as contractual leverage in new six-year deal

Isaac Heeney continued the discussion of the high cost of living in Sydney for the Swans and GWS Giants, admitting he factored it into his new contract.

Heeney, 25, pulled out of the free agency table upon signing a whopping six-year contract on Wednesday, confirming his faith in the club he was signed from in 2014.

The Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) was scrapped after Sydney signed Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippet in consecutive years at the start of the decade and did not return for players.

However, when asked if he had used Sydney’s cost of living – with average property prices reaching $1.4million – as leverage in the new deal, the dynamic Swan confirmed that it was a consideration.

“Absolutely, if you’re going to do something half-decent, probably just a two-bedroom (place), you’re spending $1,000 a week on something small and reasonably close to the coast,” Heeney said. sports day.

“It’s through the roof here, but it’s also an amazing part of the world to experience.”

Sydney co-captain Callum Mills also recently proposed the reintroduction of COLA due to the high cost of living in Sydney.

Heeney has always been touted as one of the stars of the future, and now is the time to capitalize on that hype.

After struggling with a myriad of injury problems over the past 24 months, Heeney did no harm to his contract as he was one of Sydney’s best in their heartbreaking final loss to the Giants.

In describing the significant injuries sustained, the former first-round pick admitted he played “poorly most of the year” in 2021, a season where he still averaged 16 kills, six marks and just under. two goals per game.

“I feel like I can definitely take the next step (in 2022),” Heeney confirmed.

“In 2020 I hurt my ankle at the start of the season and missed the rest of the season, and it was difficult before 2021 because I didn’t really have a pre-season.

“I was just building, building, building and I didn’t join the team until a few weeks after the first run.

“Throughout pre-season I haven’t had as much under my belt in terms of training and leg miles…yes I was in pain but I worked hard to make sure I could going out week after week and I think I only missed one game with ankle pain.

“I mean it was painful most of the year but just enough to let it rest knowing that hopefully I could finish the season strong and then obviously broke my hand, I had surgery and missed a game there too.

“That was probably one of the most frustrating things, I felt like I was going on a roll, then breaking my hand, having surgery, and playing 10 days later, so that was restricted for about a month after that.

“It’s been frustrating, little issues here and there… you still play with issues, but it would be nice to have a year where I can play as healthy as possible.”

The next step has always involved a full-time move into midfield, and 2022 is shaping up to be the year that could happen.

Heeney has been training with the midfielders but could spend time up front at the start of the season due to Tom Papley’s hamstring injury.

“At the end of the day, I’d like to be a midfielder who comes forward and hits the scoreboard,” Heeney added.

“That’s what I would like, I trained quite a bit in midfield during pre-season which has been good.

“But at the end of the day it comes down to a bit of personnel and injuries etc, so obviously if ‘Horse’ (trainer John Longmire) has to put someone else on me, I’ll do whatever he needs, whatever is best for the team.”

The Swans face North Melbourne this weekend in the club’s last warm-up game for 2022, before kicking off the season with a final elimination rematch against the Giants in the first round.

Listen to Isaac Heeney’s full interview below.