GWS Giants medium to long term future just looks rosier and rosier, with Tom Scully joining the growing number of key personnel re-committing to the AFL’s youngest club and emerging power.
While salary cap pressures will make it harder for GWS to retain all the talent on their stacked roster, they have already locked away several of their key personnel until at least the end of the 2018, if not longer.
Giants foundation player Scully 25, has penned a four-year contract extension tying him to Greater Western Sydney to 2021.
Co-captain and key midfielder Callan Ward earlier this year also committed to the club till 2021.
Star forward Jeremy Cameron is a contracted Giant till the end of 2020.
Backline stalwarts in co-captain Phil Davis and vice-captain Heath Shaw are contracted to 2018, along with ruckman Shane Mumford, midfielder Lachie Whitfield and coach Leon Cameron.
“No doubt it’s a great endorsement for the footy club,” said Scully, who is averaging a career-best of almost 24 possessions a game this year.
“To have so many guys recommit to the club is a really strong sign that the culture is really strong and guys want to be here for the right reasons.”
He credited Leon Cameron for helping establish the club’s culture.
“If you ask any of the players they certainly sing his praises in terms of as a coach and as a mentor as well, so he’s certainly had a massive impact on the group,” Scully said.
“He’s doing a fantastic job, he’s obviously got all the players buying into the game plan and the style of play we want to play and we’re obviously starting to get some results now.”
Scully, who is believed to have taken a large pay cut in signing the extension, said it was a pretty easy decision to stay with GWS, who are currently sixth and on track to make their maiden finals appearance..
“Obviously the footy club is heading in a really strong direction and I can’t wait to be part of the future here,” Scully said.
“With the team performing so well this year, it makes football very enjoyable. It’s a great place to be around.”