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Rookie among re-signings

Jamaine Jones has been re-signed by Geelong. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Jamaine Jones)

ROOKIE pair Jamaine Jones and Sam Simpon have both signed new deals with Geelong, while contract extensions for big men Rhys Stanley and Ryan Abbott have also been confirmed.

Jones, who made his debut in Round 10, managed seven games in his second season on the list.

Simpson managed just the one game – in Round 17 – after battling injury issues over pre-season.

“Jamaine’s story in football and life is one of resilience and persistence,” Geelong football boss Simon Lloyd said.

“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.

 “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.”

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Stanley, who arrived at Geelong at the end of 2014, appeared headed for the scrapheap before an impressive second half of the season earned him a new deal.

Abbott also did enough to gain a contract extension after showing enough in four matches late in the season, his second at GMHBA Stadium.

“Rhys produced a strong block of games this year where he demonstrated the type of football he can play,” Lloyd said.

“He is focussed on taking his game to another level through consistency and professionalism.

“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.”

George Horlin-Smith, who has been linked with a move to the Gold Coast, Jackson Thurlow, Jordan Murdoch and Daniel Menzel remain out of contract, while star midfielder Tim Kelly’s future also remains up in the air.

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