Giants defender Nick Haynes looks set to become a one-club player after signing a five-year deal with the club.
The extension will tie the 26-year-old to GWS until the end of 2024, meaning the foundation Giant will be 32 when the deal expires.
Haynes told AFL.com.au that the decision to stay at GWS wasn’t a difficult one.
“I always knew that I wanted to be a one-club player so there wasn’t much thinking to do when it came to my future.
“I love Sydney and the club, and I think we’re going to play a lot of finals footy over the next six years and I strongly believe that we’re going to contend for premierships in every one of those years.
“I wouldn’t be staying here if I didn’t think that was the case.”
The Giants face an uphill battle to re-sign a host of players that come out of contract at the end of 2019, including star vice-captains Josh Kelly and Stephen Coniglio, defender Adam Tomlinson and youngsters Jacob Hopper and Harry Himmelberg.
Haynes expressed his desire for his teammates to follow his lead.
“It would be ideal if the other boys jumped on board this week too, but we know that’s not going to happen.
“I’m confident and the club is confident we can keep the players we need to have premiership success.
There’s so much good news coming out of the club at the moment, so hopefully those boys sign on in the near future.”
One player that has done just that is youngster Brent Daniels, committing to the Giants for a further two years.
Selected with pick 27 in the 2017 National Draft, Daniels played 7 games in 2018 after making his debut in round 16 against the West Coast Eagles.
“It’s great to be able to add another two years to my contract before my second season even starts,” Daniels told AFL.com.au.
GWS will kick off their JLT Series campaign against Sydney in Blacktown on Saturday 2nd March.