Star Geelong defender Tom Stewart has signed a contract extension that will likely see him end his career with the club.
The 30-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year deal that will keep him in the Hoops until at least the end of 2027.
Stewart, who won his second Carji Greeves Medal as Geelong best-and-fairest and snared his fifth All-Australian blazer, has played 148 games since debuting as a 24-year-old in the opening round of the 2017 season.
“I am humbled and grateful to the Geelong Football Club for the opportunity to pull on the Hoops week in, week out,” Stewart said.
“Ever since I walked into the club, everyone has been so supportive of me, and I can’t thank the playing group, coaching staff and wider organisation enough for all the time and effort they have not just put into my journey but to everyone lucky enough to pull on the Hoops.
“The future at the Cats is so bright, and to be able to be on that journey with so many exciting young players and experienced heads is something I am really looking forward to, and we all can’t wait to crack into 2024 and continue to give our all for this footy club.”
Geelong football boss Andrew Mackie said the club was thrilled to lock Stewart away.
“Tom’s resume is a credit to his commitment, his consistency, and his professionalism in his relentless pursuit of excellence since his very first year in the Hoops,” Mackie said.
“In recent years, he’s demonstrated his capacity to unlock the same drive and standards amongst his teammates and has extended his positive influence beyond the football field and into our community.
“We are excited to have Tom playing in the Hoops until at least the end of 2027.”