Tipperary Gaelic footballer Colin O'Riordan has extended his contract at Syndey Swans by one year.
The decision means the 25-year-old will be part of the Australian Football League side's 2022 campaign, having originally signed a rookie contract with the club in 2015 before making an impressive debut three years later.
A medium defender for Sydney, O'Riordan has made 29 appearances for the club, including six last season, scoring one goal and with a career average of 11.7 disposals.
In announcing the deal as part of a trio of contract extensions on Thursday, Sydney Swans' executive general manager Charlie Gardiner highlighted his importance to the squad.
"O'Riordan is a valued presence both on and off the field at the club," he said.
"Despite battling injury this year his character never wavered as an exceptional person and valued team-mate, and this was evident when he was awarded the 2021 Barry Round Best Clubman. We look forward to seeing what the Irish defender can do in 2022."
Last year, O'Riordan received permission to return home temporarily which allowed him to feature in Tipperary's successful Munster SFC final win when they ended an 85-year wait for provincial football glory by beating Cork in the November decider, while they went on to play at Croke Park in the All-Ireland semi-final.
"Given it your all for the sake of Tipperary - I can't put it into words - it's the best feeling" @TipperaryGAA AFL star Colin O'Riordan on a great day for the Premier County #rtegaa pic.twitter.com/SwxpRjD198— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) November 22, 2020
That Munster decider at Páirc Uí Chaoimh had been his first appearance for the Premier County since his departure for Australia, with O'Riordan expressing his emotions to RTÉ Sport after being involved in the momentous achievement.
"It's an emotional day for me. A few weeks ago I didn’t think I’d be here," he said that day.
"Just to be out there with the lads, giving your all for the sake of Tipperary, I can’t put it into words. It’s the best feeling I’ve had in many years.
"It just fills me with pride. I get emotional even thinking about it. It’s one of the best days of my life. I’m over the moon.
"Putting on the Tipp jersey is something I’ll never take for granted. It’s something I’ll always respect, that I had the opportunity to wear the jersey.
"I’m extremely thankful to Sydney Swans for allowing me to play this game. They were 100% in their rights to say no and refuse me permission to play. They’re an incredible organisation."