Premiership Cat and two-time Carji Greeves Medallist Mark Blicavs and exciting forward Mitch Knevitt will remain at GMHBA Stadium, with the pair agreeing to contract extensions with the Club.
Blicavs, 32, and Knevitt, 20, have both signed two-year contract extensions to remain in the Hoops until at least 2025.
The versatile and durable Blicavs has been one of Geelong’s best performers in 2023 and has provided great flexibility throughout his career and has been used across the ground wherever the team has needed.
Prior to being recruited as a Category B rookie, Blicavs was identified by the Cats while attempting to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing as a steeplechaser and a middle-distance runner.
Quickly transferring his attributes across to the AFL, Blicavs made his debut for the Cats in Round 1 of the 2013 AFL Premiership Season and has played 234 games to date across his 11 seasons in the AFL.
His 2022 season was one of his finest, receiving Geelong life membership, his first All Australian blazer and a Premiership.
Drafted with Pick 25 in the 2021 AFL National Draft, Knevitt is looking to build on his first season at the club, after being rewarded with two senior games in 2022 after impressive VFL form. Knevitt has worked his way into the senior side as of late, being used as the tactical sub in Round 6 against the Swans, before collecting 15 disposals at the MCG against Essendon in Round 7.
A running midfielder who won the best and fairest for the Geelong Falcons in his draft year, Knevitt is a local product from Grovedale who has excellent speed and endurance.
Geelong Cats Head of List Management Andrew Mackie said he was delighted Blicavs and Knevitt had re-signed with the Club.
“Mark continues to be a really important player for us. He has shown a high level of consistency over his career and has worked extremely hard to become the player he is, and his high training standards see him continue to improve each season,” Mackie said.
“While Mark plays a critical on-field role, he is also a leader off it. He is a popular member of the team and has great relationships across the playing squad.
“At only 20 years old we are excited to see what Mitch can achieve at our Club.”
“Mitch has a great work ethic, and we look forward to seeing him continue to develop over the next two seasons.”