MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24: Matt Buntine of the Giants acknowledges the fans after the Giants defeated the Saints during the round five AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium on April 24, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

GWS defender Matt Buntine has signed a two-year deal to stay in Sydney until the end of 2019.

Buntine is currently recovering from a season-ending knee injury after scans revealed a pre-existing partially torn ACL after the Giants' round two match against Gold Coast earlier this season.

The 23-year-old has played 41 games for the Giants since he was selected with pick five in the 2011 national draft, and was excited to put pen to paper on the new deal.

“Like many of the other boys, it was a pretty easy decision to stay at the Giants,” Buntine told the club's website.

“Sydney is my home now and the Giants are like my family. I couldn’t think of a better place to continue my footy, especially after the setback with my knee.

“The club showed a lot faith by offering me a new contract and I’m excited to get stuck into my rehabilitation and repay that faith in the coming seasons.” 

GWS General Manager of Football Wayne Campbell praised Buntine's attitude around the club, and said he was pleased another key member of the side has re-committed.

“Matt is a really popular members of the team and a huge part of the GIANTS family,” Campbell said.

“The way he goes about his football sets an example to all those around him. It’s unfortunate to see any player go down with a season-ending injury but everyone’s rallied around Matt and he’s progressing well. 

“We are delighted to extend Matt’s contract and can’t wait to see him back out on the field in 2018 and beyond.”