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Cats extend Cook contract

Brian Cook has re-signed as CEO of Geelong until the end of 2021. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

BRIAN Cook has shelved plans to step down as CEO of Geelong at the end of next year after signing a one-year contract extension.

The 63-year-old, who has been in charge of the Cats since 1999, turning the club from a basketcase to an AFL powerhouse, will be in the role until at least the end of 2021.

“To have the continued support of the board, the management and staff is a reflection on the efforts we all undertake on behalf of our supporters and members,” Cook said.

“We should be rightly proud of what we have achieved, but we are always looking forward to what is next and will continue to work together for the betterment of the club.”

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President Colin Carter, who has indicated he will step down at next year’s annual general meeting, says with work to start on the stage five upgrade of GMHBA Stadium next year, it makes sense for Cook to continue.

“The next stage of the redevelopment at GMHBA Stadium is scheduled to begin soon, and given Brian’s experience and relationships with key stakeholders and government officials, his steady hand will be important in ensuring this hugely important project proceeds smoothly,” Carter said.

“We know that Brian is one of the premier sporting administrators in Australia and we look to him, along with the club’s executive, to deal with the challenges ahead as we strive for continued success in all aspects of the club.”

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