Selwood signs on for 16th season

Geelong Cats captain Joel Selwood. (Marcel Berens)

By Luke Voogt

Cats captain Joel Selwood will play his 16th season for Geelong in 2022 after agreeing to a one-year contract extension.

The 33-year-old has captained a record 215 games in blue and white and is currently leading the Cats in his tenth year as skipper, after being appointed in 2012.

He has played 325 games and is on track to pass Corey Enright’s club record of 332 later this season.

Lauded across the AFL for his toughness, Selwood has enjoyed an incredible career since the Cats selected him at pick seven in the 2006 national draft.

He won the Rising Star Award in his debut AFL season in 2007 and the first of three premierships.

He has since won three Carji Greeves medals, earned six All-Australian selections, including three as captain, and was runner-up in the 2013 Brownlow Medal.

“Joel is an icon of our club, and of the game, and we are excited to have reached agreement for Joel to play in 2022,” Geelong football general manager Simon Lloyd said.

“While Joel’s record speaks for itself, what is most important to him and the team is that he continues to play at such a high level.

“He has been among our best players all season and has continued to show his durability and passion for the game.

“Joel has always epitomised team-first, and he continues to do all he can to make the team and the club successful.”

In addition to his on-field exploits, Selwood is heavily invested in the Cats off-field endeavours.

He was named as the club’s community champion in 2020 for the enormous impact he has made through the Cats community outreach programs, according to the club.