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New deals for Cats five

Geelong forward Bradley Close. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

RUCK Rhys Stanley, forward trio Gary Rohan, Bradley Close and Francis Evans, and defender Zach Guthrie have all signed new deals with Geelong.

The Cats have confirmed the quintet will be at the club in 2022.

Stanley has inked a two-year deal, while Rohan and Guthrie have extended their time at Geelong for at least one more year.

30-year-old Stanley will play into an eighth season at Geelong after making 19 appearances in 2021 to take his club tally to 105 games and career total to 163 after 58 games at St Kilda.

Rohan, who passed the 50-game mark at the Cats, is coming off statistically the best season of his career after kicking 32 goals from 21 games.

Close made 22 of a possible 25 appearances this year to take his career total to 30 matches, which was highlighted by a seventh-place finish in the Çarji Greeves Medal.

Evans was limited to just two appearances after making his debut in Round 2. He suffered a syndesmosis injury in the win over Hawthorn on Easter Monday.

Guthrie played a career-high 13 games in 2021, including two finals. In the Round 20 win over North Melbourne in Hobart, he produced a standout performance where he amassed a career-high 28 disposals.

“We have worked to secure these contracts and are pleased that Rhys, Gary, Brad, Zach and Francis have committed to the club,” Geelong football boss Simon Lloyd said.

“Frank is an up and coming player, and we believe he can play well at AFL level.

Zach played his best footy this season, while Rhys, Gary and Brad were mainstays of our team this year.

All have a strong desire to continue to develop their football and make strong contributions to the club.”

Following Nathan Kreuger’s trade to Collingwood on Tuesday, only midfielder Charlie Constable and uncapped rookie Oscar Brownless are without a contract for next year.

Meanwhile, Geelong is remaining tight-lipped on reports former Carlton and Adelaide star Eddie Betts is set to join the club as an assistant coach.

On Wednesday morning, Matthew Lloyd told Trade Radio he could confirm “Eddie Betts will be on the Geelong coaching staff next year.”

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