Cats lock away emerging stars

June 5, 2019 5:00 pm in by
Mark O'Connor has signed a new three-year contract with Geelong. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)
Mark O’Connor has signed a new three-year contract with Geelong. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG has rewarded two of its most improved players with contract extensions.

Mark O’Connor and Gryan Miers have both put pen to paper to extend their time in the Hoops, with Irishman O’Connor locked away for a further three years until the end of 2022, and Miers inking a two-year deal that keeps him at GMHBA Stadium until at least the conclusion of the 2021 season.

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O’Connor, 22, has found a home in the Cats’ defence, playing every game for 2019 for a total of 18 matches since joining the club at the end of 2016.

Miers, who was taken with pick No.57 in the 2017 National Draft after helping the Geelong Falcons to that year’s TAC Cup premiership, spent 2018 in the VFL before making his AFL debut in the Round 1 win over Collingwood.

He has also played every game, kicking 12 goals, and earning a Rising Star nomination in Round 8.

“Mark and Gryan have both shown substantial improvement in their development and have been key contributors for us this season,” Geelong football boss Simon Lloyd said.

“Both players in their formative years have set high standards in their preparation and professionalism which has flowed into their on-field performances.

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“We believe they will continue to grow as players and are excited to have come to agreements regarding their future in the blue and white hoops.”

The re-signing of O’Connor and Miers leaves 11 players out-of-contract at the end of the season: Gary Ablett, Nakia Cockatoo, Harry Taylor, Zac Smith, Wylie Buzza, Tim Kelly, Scott Selwood, Jed Bews, Lachie Henderson, Jordan Cunico, and Jamaine Jones.

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