Geelong has locked in a number of players, with contract extensions agreed with Rhys Stanley, Gary Rohan, Brad Close, Zach Guthrie and Francis Evans. 

Stanley has led the Cats ruck division, playing 105 games, including 13 finals, since crossing from St Kilda. Over his AFL career Stanley has appeared in 163 games, and he has kicked 102 goals.

Rohan joined the Cats from Sydney in 2019 and has kicked 79 goals in 59 games with the Cats. He enjoyed a productive 2021 season, kicking 32 goals.

Close impressed in his second season, playing 22 games and kicking 15 goals. After joining the Cats from Glenelg in the rookie draft, Close has played 30 games and kicked 17 goals playing as a small forward.

Evans broke through for his debut early in the 2021 season, before suffering injury in his second game. Evans booted two goals on debut against Brisbane. A lively small forward, Evans came back late in the season at VFL level. 

Guthrie has played 33 games and kicked two goals since debuting in 2017. He played 13 games in 2021, including two finals. 

“We have worked to secure these contracts and are pleased that Rhys, Gary, Brad, Zach and Francis have committed to the club,” Geelong’s general manager of football Simon Lloyd said.

“Frank is an up and coming player and we believe he can play well at AFL level. Zach played his best footy this season, while Rhys, Gary and Brad were mainstays of our team this year. All have a strong desire to continue develop their football and make strong contributions to the Club.”