Chris Scott has signed a long-term three-year contract extension with the Geelong Cats which sees him remain at the helm until the end of 2022.
Already contracted until the end of the 2019 season, Scott and the club had no hesitation in locking down their future plans at the Cattery.
Speaking on Fox Footy’s AFL 360 on Monday night, Scott said he is committed to the path they’re on as a group and is excited for the future he envisions.
“We have been through a period over the last probably seven to eight years, transitioning our list, trying to rebuild a little bit on the run. It’s probably a reflection that we still think there’s a fair way to go on the journey we’re on,” Scott said.
“We have some young players in our team, I think it’s 15 debutants over the past [two] years that we have high hopes for. I’m really looking forward to working with Tim Kelly for a long time, Esava Ratugolea, Tom Stewart, Lachie Fogarty, Charlie Constable, it’s a big group of players who are quite new to our club.
“It still feels pretty fresh for us all, and we’re aware there’s still a lot of work to be done.”
The 42-year-old joined Geelong at the end of 2010, leading them to premiership glory in 2011 in his first season as head coach.
Geelong has shown complete faith in the premiership player and coach, as Chris Scott has the highest winning percentage of any AFL coach who’s been in charge of at least 100 games.
Out of the 188 matches Scott has coached, the Cats have won 130 games with a winning figure of 69.5%.
Along with winning the flag in 2011, Geelong have made the finals six times out of the eight seasons Scott has been in charge, as this weekend’s results could see it become a seventh time.
Geelong president Colin Carter said the club is in good hands with Scott at the forefront.
“We have seen a great period of change with our list, with only four members of our 2011 premiership team still with us,” Carter told the club’s website.
“To have been able to integrate so many new players into our club, play attractive football and keep us consistently in the finals mix has been an exceptional effort. While many people are involved in our football department, Chris has led the coaching group brilliantly.
“The AFL’s equalisation measures are there to force successful clubs down the ladder, so to have come through this period and to remain in contention year in, year out has been a credit to Chris and his coaching group.
“We are excited that we have reached this agreement and look forward to Chris continuing his great work with us over the next four years.”
Scott sits as the third longest serving coach for Geelong and will have the opportunity to add to his premiership tally over the next three years.