Geelong veteran Corey Enright has confirmed he will extend his decorated career into a 17th AFL season.
Enright, 33, played every match for the Cats this year and needs to play 17 games next season to overtake Ian Nankervis to become the club’s games record holder.
“The club made me an offer earlier in the year but I wanted to wait until the end of the season before making a decision,” Enright said in a statement on Friday.
“My body feels good and the coaches are happy with the way I am playing and I am keen to go on.
“It was disappointing to miss the finals this year but I think we have a good group of players and we will be back contending next season.”
Enright was long considered to be in control of his own destiny at the club, whereas fellow veterans Steve Johnson, James Kelly and Mathew Stokes were told there was no spot for them next year.
“This is a decision that we all worked through and we are thrilled Corey has accepted our offer to continue playing,” Geelong football manager Steve Hocking said.
“Corey is a much-respected member of our club both internally and by our supporters. He is one of our key leaders and he continued to play good and consistent footy through this season.
“In the end his form, desire and leadership remains and we expect that to serve us well in 2016.”
Enright has played in three premierships for the Cats and is one of only four players who remain at the club from their 2007 grand final win over Port Adelaide.