Mackie signs on

Andrew Mackie3 Geelong Cats have re-signed defender Andrew Mackie. The 235-game defender will continue to provide run from half back and leadership as he embarks on his 14th season.

“This is an exciting time at the club and it’s great to be playing alongside so many talented players that are coming through,” Mackie said.

“We didn’t achieve what we hoped for this year, but the blocks are in place for more success. We are hungry to get back into the finals and I know we all feel the same way.”

Originally from Glenelg, South Australia, Mackie was selected at pick 7 in the 2002 national AFL draft.

Mackie debuted for the Cats in round 3, 2004 and continued on to become a triple premiership player for the club. He earned selection in the 2013 All-Australian team.

Mackie was sidelined early in the 2015 campaign but bounced back to play well over the second half of the season. He finished the season by equalling his career high with 34 disposals in last weekend’s win over the Adelaide Crows at Simonds Stadium.

Geelong’s General Manager of Football Steve Hocking is excited to have Andrew around the club for a two more years.

“Andrew has been a high quality player and person for the club over his 13 seasons here,” Hocking said.

“Mack showed he is still playing good football and his role is important to how we want to play. He is a fantastic person to have around the club, providing outstanding leadership to our playing group.”