Young Geelong ruckman Sam De Koning has committed to the Cats for a further two years, agreeing to a contract extension until the end of 2023.

De Koning was selected by the Cats with the 19th pick in the 2019 national draft. His opportunities were limited in his first season with the team in the Gold Coast hub and no VFL competition. 

He showed great dedication to training during the campaign, and his strong pre season in 2021 was rewarded with a berth in the Cats AAMI Community Series clash with Essendon last Saturday. 

De Koning has recently turned 20, and stands at 202cm.

“Sam has a hunger to grow and develop as a player and he has already shown his work ethic and desire over the first 12 months at the club,” Geelong’s General Manager of Football Simon Lloyd said.

“We believe he will continue to improve and work his way into our side. He loves to compete and help the team.”