Geelong re-sign key duo

23 December 2017 22:51:57 GMTPlus11

Club captain Joel Selwood will stay with Geelong for another four years, after extending his contract.

The Cats have secured a pre-Christmas boost by locking away the champion skipper through to the end of 2021 and also extending 31-year-old defender Harry Taylor's contract.

Taylor was due to come out of contract at the end of next season and would have become an unrestricted free agent, but the dual All Australian has agreed to stay for the 2019 campaign.

Selwood said he felt very grateful to get the contract extension, having already been secured for the next two years.

The 29-year-old, who was the No.7 pick in the 2006 AFL Draft, has captained the club for six years.
He's played 249 games for Geelong, won three premierships and been All Australian six times.

"I've been fortunate enough to work in such a dynamic environment for a long time now and appreciate the opportunities the Geelong Football Club has given me," said Selwood.

"I love coming to work each day and as I look to the future, I'm excited about our list and what lies ahead as we continue to challenge in what is an extremely competitive competition."

Taylor won premierships in 2009 and 2011 with the Cats, and has been Selwood's vice-captain since 2014.

He didn't get his start in the AFL until he was 21 in the 2007 draft, but has become one of the best defenders in the competition and has racked up 229 games.

"I'm excited about where the club is headed and when the approach was made, it was an easy decision to extend my contract here," said Taylor.

"Every aspect of our club is first-class and provides our team with every opportunity to succeed."

Geelong are 12/1 to win the 2018 Grand Final. The Cats are 1/100 to finish in the top eight.

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