Geelong has secured the futures of ruck duo Rhys Stanley and Ryan Abbott, with both agreeing to new two-year contracts.
Stanley recommits to the club after four seasons in the blue and white hoops. Arriving at GMHBA Stadium at the end of 2014 after being traded from St Kilda.
The 27-year-old who played 58 games at the Saints, has played 57 games for Geelong.
Abbott enjoyed a breakout season after being drafted by Geelong at pick 69 in the 2016 AFL national draft.
The mature-aged ruckman debuted in round 20 against Richmond at the MCG, kicking two goals.
A former GFL player, Abbott played four AFL games in 2018 including the Cats elimination final against Melbourne.
“Rhys produced a strong block of games this year where he demonstrated the type of football he can play. He is focussed on taking his game to another level through consistency and professionalism,” Geelong’s general manager of football Simon Lloyd said.
“Ryan had a consistent year, working hard at his craft and was rewarded with an AFL debut late in the season. Ryan shows a lot of drive, we look forward to seeing him develop over the next two years.”
Rookies Jamaine Jones and Sam Simpson have also signed new deals with the club. Jones has committed to a one-year contract while Simpson will remain at Geelong for at least another two years.
Jones earned an AFL debut in round 10, playing seven games for the season while Simpson broke into the senior side for one game in round 17.
“Jamaine’s story in football and life is one of resilience and persistence. After working really hard on his game, he was rewarded with an AFL debut this season and we are excited to see Jamaine continue to improve,” Lloyd said.
“Sam’s work rate, football intelligence and ability to play multiple roles holds him in good stead, and we look forward to him developing his game.”