Sydney Swans youngster Zak Jones has no qualms about fighting for a spot at the AFL juggernaut rather than taking a potentially easier route to regular senior football alongside brother Nathan at the battling Melbourne Demons.
A 2013 first-round draft pick, 20-year-old defender-midfielder Zak has played just half a dozen senior games in one and a half seasons.
However, he recently opted to sign a two-year contract extension rather than explore the option of playing alongside his elder sibling and Melbourne captain at a club where youngsters are getting plenty of opportunities under former Swans coach Paul Roos.
“I spoke to him a little bit about it and he would have loved it, but I’m real happy here,” Jones said.
“It’s a perfect place for me. I feel like I’ve really bought into the Bloods culture.”
Jones has played in Sydney’s last two games and notched career-best tallies in a number of categories in their last match against Port Adelaide.