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Clark commits to Giants

Geelong West coach Andrew Clark speaks to his player at three-quarter time of last week’s loss to Bannockburn. (krockfootball.com.au/Al Packer)

GEELONG West has rewarded coach Andrew Clark for his work in rejuvenating the newly-branded club with a one-year contract extension.

GDFL Giants president Chris Wilkie has confirmed both Clark and assistant Mitch Wight will remain at Bakers Oval for at least another 12 months with a trigger clause for 2019 also included.

“When Andrew came over with Mark (Hounslow) he offered three years of service at the club, and this is the final year of his three years,” Wilkie said.

“We weren’t too sure on what he was planning on doing, but I think now with the development from 12 months ago to now, I think he’s pretty keen to stay on and see what he can achieve with the playing group now.”

Clark replaced Hounslow late in the pre-season of 2016 and West went winless in its final year as the Cheetahs.

However, with some handy additions to the playing group, the Giants have won  5½ games to sit just two points behind fifth-placed Thomson.

That record could have been much better, with West losing four games by five points or less between rounds 6-10.

Wilkie said the playing group was keen to see Clark continue on.

“Every player we interviewed was behind both him and Mitch as the future of the club,” Wilkie said.

The Giants will enjoy this week off before hosting Anakie at West Oval on July 22.

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