New deal at Geelong for Johnson

Sportal July 27, 2012, 1:30 pm
Steve Johnson

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Triple premiership Cat Steve Johnson has re-signed with Geelong for a further two seasons in a deal that will see him tied to the club until the end of the 2014 season.

The 2007 Norm Smith Medallist has enjoyed another solid year in the blue and white hoops, averaging 23 touches and a goal from 15 matches this season.

Johnson was due to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, having served the Cats for over 10 seasons after being picked up in the 2001 draft.

But the mercurial forward now appears set to be a Cat for life.

"I'm very happy to be remaining at the Cats for another two years," Johnson said.

"I'm excited to be a part of such a successful club and look forward to being a part of an exciting future at the Cats."

Geelong football manager Neil Balme was rapt that Johnson committed his future to Geelong.

"There is very few players with the skill and match-winning ability of Steve and we are pleased that he will not only continue to provide that for us but also play a hand in the development of the next crop of players coming through," Balme said.

Johnson has been one of Geelong's most prominent figures during their unprecedented period of success which saw them win three premierships in the past five seasons.

The silky-skilled Cat has played 190 matches and booted 378 goals since debuting in 2002.

Meanwhile, Adelaide youngster Sam Shaw has re-signed with the Crows for another two seasons.

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