BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 08: Mark Blicavs of the Cats celebrates a goal during the round 16 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Geelong Cats at The Gabba on July 8, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Geelong midfielder Mark Blicavs has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Cats, keeping him at the club until 2023.

The veteran is in the midst of his sixth season, seemingly healthy having played all seven games this season for the Cats and says he wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.

“Being a one club player is important to me, and the club has shown a lot of faith in me in providing that opportunity,” Blicavs told geelongcats.com.au.

“I love the club and the people, and from the first time I stepped inside the club I have wanted to be here. Everything here is first class and there is no other group I would want to run out with each week. The focus is on doing everything we can to again be challenging at the end of the season.”

Geelong’s General Manager of Football Simon Lloyd was pivotal in signing off on this agreement between the Cats and Blicavs and says that he is important to the team for many reasons – versatility, leadership and influence being just a few of them.

“His ability to play in so many positions provides us with flexibility in selection and within games. Coupled with his outstanding athletic ability, Mark is unique within the AFL,” Lloyd told geelongcats.com.au.

“Mark has also shown himself to be an exceptional leader who is highly influential within the playing group, and has been a member of the club’s player leadership group.”

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Blicavs has played 117 games for the Cats, and has averaged 14.9 disposals, 3.9 marks and 4.6 tackles per game over his six-year career.