GWS defender Leek Aleer has recommitted to the Giants with a two-year extension.

Aleer, who joined the New South Wales club from SANFL side Central Districts as a first-round selection last year, played four games for the Giants in 2022.

The big-boded backman made his debut against Sydney in Round 20 and would feature in GWS' final month of the home and away season.

The Kenyan-born defender will look to 2023 to build on his young career, which will take place at GWS until the end of 2025 with his new deal.

“Coming in last year as a draftee and being able to gel with the boys and find a connection early on is something I'm pretty happy about,” Aleer told the club.

“I'm pretty happy with where I'm at, at the moment, and where the football club is headed.

“The connection I have with a lot of the boys here and the fact that there's a lot to look forward to amongst the boys and at the football club as a whole is really exciting.

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“The GIANTS are a very fierce club and I'm really happy with where I've landed. I've definitely enjoyed my football in the last 12 months and want to hopefully better it in the coming years.”

The retention of Aleer is a significant one for GWS, who lost midfield trio Tim Taranto, Jacob Hopper (both Richmond) and Tanner Bruhn (Geelong) this off-season.

Aleer and the rest of the Giants' first to fourth-year players returned for pre-season training this week.