Greene gets six-year Giants deal

06 March 2018 07:34:09 EST

Greater Western Sydney have handed forward Toby Greene the longest contract in the club's history.

The 24-year-old, whose existing deal was due to expire at the end of this season, has re-signed for another six years.

Greene has been with the Giants since the start, having been taken with pick 11 at the 2011 AFL Draft.

He's kicked 123 goals in his 117 games for the club, and was their leading goalkicker last year with 45.

The new deal will spare the player and the club months of constant talk about his future, and the prospect that he could be lured back to Victoria.

Greene stamped himself as one of the competition's best forwards in 2016 when he won All Australian selection and was crowned club champion for the first time.

Over the past two seasons he's kicked 99 goals from 42 games.

He becomes the latest big name to re-commit to the Giants after reigning club champion Josh Kelly re-signed last year, while youngsters Aiden Bonar, Tim Taranto, Will Setterfield and Harry Perryman have all extended their initial contracts in the past 12 months.

Meanwhile, GWS have named Matt de Boer as part of their new-look leadership group.

The West Australian's AFL career looked to be over two years ago when he fell out of favour at Fremantle, but he was then surprisingly selected by the Giants with pick 58 at the 2016 AFL Draft.

He said: "I was always optimistic about my ability and what I could bring to a group, I've always brought intensity and effort to anything I do, and I think the boys here respected that."

GWS will be led by co-captains Callan Ward and Phil Davis, who continue in the role for the seventh straight year.

Vice-captain Stephen Coniglio has been joined by star midfielder Josh Kelly as a deputy.  

Greater Western Sydney are 20/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Giants are 9/1 to finish in the top four.

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