Cats duo signs for 2021

TOUGH CAT: Tom Atkins in action against Essendon during round 7. Picture: Marcel Berens

Geelong Cats Sam Menegola and Tom Atkins have agreed to new contracts extending their deals until the end of the 2021 season.

“Both Sam and Tom have proven themselves as valuable members of our team, and we are pleased to have reached these new agreements,” Geelong’s general manager of football Simon Lloyd said.

“They are influential in setting high standards within our playing group and we feel both have continued growth ahead of them.”

Menegola began his AFL career with Hawthorn and Fremantle before joining Geelong in the 2015 draft. He debuted in 2016, playing 65 games and kicking 48 goals.

Menegola has played finals with the Cats in each of his four seasons and fills a valuable role as a forward-midfielder, according to the club.

Atkins took a long road to become an AFL regular.

After strong performances in both the Geelong Football League and the VFL with Geelong, including two best and fairest wins in 2016 and 2018, Atkins was drafted by Geelong as a rookie.

He was a regular inclusion in his debut season, playing 23 games, mainly as a pressure forward.

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