GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 13: Quinton Narkle of the Cats in action during the Geelong Cats training session at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds on January 13, 2017 in Geelong Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Geelong midfielder Quinton Narkle has signed a one-year contract extension with the Cats for next season.

The 23-year-old has had his future highly speculated throughout this season, with links to Fremantle and Richmond placing some questions over Narkle's tenure at Kardinia Park.

Now the crafty Cat has signed an extension to remain in the hoops for a further 12 months.

Narkle has found opportunities under Chris Scott limited at times during the course of his five years in Geelong, playing just the 33 matches.

Injuries and form have kept the Perth product out of Scott's preferred lineup, having managed just 17 appearances before 2021.

Narkle featured for the Cats on 16 occasions this season, although was utilised as a medical sub on five occasions, four of which going unused.

“The club is excited that Quinton has committed to 2022 and we believe he will play a significant role,” Geelong’s general manager of football Simon Lloyd said on the announcement.

“While there has been speculation about Quinton potentially leaving, our conversations throughout the year have been extremely positive."

When given an opportunity however, Narkle did show glimpses of deserved minutes, including an eight-clearance outing against Richmond in Round 19 despite just 34% time on ground.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29: Quinton Narkle (L) and Luke Dahlhaus of the Cats celebrate during the 2021 AFL Round 11 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 29, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Narkle's retention is a great acquisition for the Cats, who still have a string of young names weighing up their future.

Speedster Jordan Clark is understood to have met with Fremantle in the past week or so, as he too has been linked to a move back to his home state of Western Australia.

Young tall Nathan Kreuger is also out-of-contract in 2021, and is understood to be in the sights of the Saints and Magpies.