GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 18: Brad Close of the Cats celebrates a goal with Brandan Parfitt during the 2021 AFL Round 05 match between the Geelong Cats and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at GMHBA Stadium on April 18, 2021 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Geelong fan-favourite Brad Close is nearing a new deal to remain at Kardinia Park past 2021.

As reported on K RockClose has opened up discussions with the Cats over a contract extension that will secure his services in the hoops.

The 22-year-old has played 22 matches for Geelong since joining the club via the 2019 Rookie Draft.

The South Australian product has secured his place in Chris Scott's best side since, becoming a lively pressure forward and clever user of the ball.

One of many unsigned senior figures at the Cattery, Close revealed he and the club are on the verge of agreeing to a new deal.

"I’m currently unsigned, but we don’t have any issues at the moment,” Close said on K Rock. 

“I love being at the Cats and want to keep it that way.

“(I’m) in negotiations still, and I’m sure that’ll be resolved when the time comes.”

Close was an integral part of Geelong's 69-point victory over the Dockers on Thursday night at Optus Stadium, a match that mirrors his debut for the club.

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The small forward ended his evening with 12 disposals at a rate of 100% efficiency to go along with four score involvements, five tackles, four inside 50's and one goal assist.

Speaking after the match, Close said that taking his chances with ball-in-hand has been a critical focus of his game.

“Having little-disposal games, (I’m) trying to make the most of each, and every touch that I get, I’m trying to be clean,” he said.

“(I’m) trying to hit the scoreboard as well, and I guess it all starts with pressure for us small forwards.”

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The seemingly imminent re-signing of Close would come off the back of a signings spree at Geelong, with the likes of Joel SelwoodJack HenryJake KolodjashnijTom AtkinsJed BewsSam De Koning and Cooper Stephens all recently inking new deals.

The club does have a number of key figures yet to recommit past this season, including reigning Carji Greeves Medal winner Cam Guthrie.