By Luke Voogt
Dual All-Australian defender Tom Stewart has extended his contract with Geelong Cats until the end of the 2024 season.
The intercept-marking defender has become one of the AFL’s elite back men in his four seasons.
Stewart was drafted as a mature-aged recruit in 2016 and debuted in the opening contest of the 2017 season, a win against Fremantle at Subiaco.
He has played 86 games and has become known for his cool head under pressure, clever use of the ball and his outstanding second, third and fourth efforts.
He was named to the All-Australian team in 2018 and 2019, and has finished top six in the Carji Greeves Medal voting three times, including placing third in 2019.
The 27-year-old has averaged just under 20 possessions per game throughout his career.
Despite missing three games with a broken collarbone in 2020, Stewart finished the season ranked first in the AFL for marks (125), second in rebounds (102) and fourth in kicks (263).
“In a short time Tom has established himself as a club leader and an elite player in the AFL,” Geelong’s football general manager Simon Lloyd said on Wednesday.
“Tom is an integral member of our team. He is heavily-invested in all aspects of the club and is a true leader.
“Tom has progressed from our VFL program through strong character and work ethic and has always put the needs of the Geelong Football Club ahead of his own.”