GREATER Western Sydney co-captain Phil Davis has put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension that will see him feature in the orange and charcoal until at least the end of 2021.
The 27-year-old has played 103 games in six seasons for the Giants after managing 18 in two years at Adelaide.
After struggling with injury in his early days at Greater Western Sydney, Davis has managed 45 appearances across the past two seasons to establish himself as one of the League’s most dependable key defenders.
“Three seemed like a pretty good result, I think we were both pretty happy with that number,” said Davis.
“I feel like I can really contribute those next three years.”
Davis’ decision to commit to GWS comes just a week after gun forward Toby Greene inked a new six-year deal.
The inaugural Greater Western Sydney co-captain, Davis said his decision to leave the Crows for the competition’s newest franchise in 2011 has already paid off, but his goal remains to be part of the club’s first premiership.
“Looking back, I was 20 years old I think when I made the decision. I wouldn’t change a thing, I made the right decision. It forced me to grow up really quickly.”
“I want to win one (a premiership) before I retire…you ask all the boys here, that’s why we’re here, we want to be successful.”
Giants list manager Jason McCartney said securing Davis’ signature was a great day for the club.
“Phil is an exemplary leader of this club and we wouldn’t be in the position we are today without him,” said McCartney.
“On-field he’s coming off two really consistent seasons where he’s been able to show the competition why we’ve always regarded him as one of the best defenders in the game.”
Greater Western Sydney has reached the preliminary final stage in the past two seasons, but have failed to claim the ultimate prize.
Davis said the Giants had focused on refining the defensive aspect of their game in recent times and was bullish about the club’s prospects of improving its team defence which has copped criticism from all quarters of the media.
“I feel as though that aspect of our game, the ability to chase and harass in particular in our half of the ground is something that we’ve worked really hard on and hopefully we can defend better and create more score opportunities from that,” Davis said.
Young defender Isaac Cumming has also re-signed until the end of the 2020 season.
Cumming failed to play a senior game in his debut season, but is an exciting talent having won last year’s NEAFL player of the year at the Giants.
Meanwhile, gun midfielder Dylan Shiel has been cleared of any significant damage after a head clash with team mate Matt de Boer at training on Wednesday morning.
The Giants said the All Australian midfielder was assessed as a precaution for neck damage.
The 24-year-old left the club’s training ground with the assistance of trainers, but was later cleared of concussion or any major damage to his strapped right shoulder.
Greater Western Sydney football manager Wayne Campbell was confident Shiel would be right to play in the club’s season-opener against the Western Bulldogs at UNSW Oval on Sunday March 25. .
“He just got a stinger on the shoulder, he hurt his neck a little bit,” said Campbell.
“But he’s not concussed, shoulder’s okay and his neck’s okay.”
“Right now I’d say he’s certain (to play round one) unless something pops up.”