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New deal for Mellor

Greg Mellor has signed a two-year contract extension with Geelong West. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GREG Mellor will become the longest-serving coach in Geelong West’s GFL history after signing a two-year contract extension.

The Giants announced to players and members on Wednesday night that the highly-respected mentor would remain in the role until at least the end of 2024.

“On behalf of the club, I am very excited to announce that Greg Mellor is locked in as the Head Coach of our GFNL football program for the next two years,” Geelong West chair Sarah Naylor said in a statement on Facebook.
“When we talk about recruits, we usually refer to players; I’m sure you would all agree Greg has been one of the club’s best recruits!
“We are very lucky to have someone with the knowledge and passion Greg has.
“He has been instrumental in leading the way and demanding a better culture at the club.
“With some very talented juniors coming through, next year is going to be an exciting time at the Giants!”
After an impressive playing career with SANFL club West Adelaide where he made 198 appearances and captained the Bloods for five years, Mellor moved into coaching.
Before arriving at West Oval ahead of the 2018 season, Mellor spent five years in various coaching roles at Richmond under Damien Hardwick.
During his time at the Giants, he has posted a 22-40 win-loss record.
However, since returning after the COVID-19 cancelled 2020 season, West is 14-12, including going 7-4 last year.
The Giants are 7-8 in 2022, with four losses by 18 points or less.
Consecutive seven-win seasons is the Giants’ best return since making the finals as Geelong West-St Peter’s in 2008.

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