According to a tweet from local football expert, Paul Amy, Buntine will return back to Victoria to link up with the Casey Demons in the VFL competition.
A terrific recruit for VFL club Casey Demons. The Dees have locked in former GWS Giant Matt Buntine, who was being sought by a number of clubs. Played 67 AFL matches after being recruited from Dandenong Stingrays.
— Paul Amy (@PaulAmy375) October 29, 2021
While the former pick 5 will take a place on head coach Mark Corrigan's list next season, Buntine won't be eligible for selection by Casey's AFL affiliate team, Melbourne.
Despite being informed that he would not receive a new contract with the Giants at the cessation of the 2021 season, the 28-year-old's tenure at Tom Wills Oval should be held up as an example of what persistence can achieve.
Buntine's injury-cruelled career may have seen him make just 67-appearances in an orange and charcoal guernsey, but the utility's ability to keep rising from the canvas in an attempt to rekindle his fortunes won him many admirers along the way.
The news of the Dandenong Stingray's signing is set to reinvigorate the Demons' playing stocks as they continue to chase their first VFA/VFL flag since rebranding from the Springvale Scorpions.
Casey finished their Covid halted 2021 season in fifth place with a 7-2 record, however, with the former Cleo Bachelor of the Year now aboard, they will be hoping to snap a premiership drought that extends back to 1999.