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Coach Cameron signs contract extension with Giants

“We committed to extending Leon at the start of this year and having worked through changing industry dynamics, we are pleased to have completed an agreement,” Giants chief executive David Matthews said.

The Giants began talks on a new deal for Cameron last September after he steered the expansion side to its maiden grand final against the odds.

Giants coach Leon Cameron has signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until the end of 2022.

Giants coach Leon Cameron has signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until the end of 2022.Credit:Getty

The delay on finalising the contract was due to the economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which will severely impact the football department soft cap for next season.

Cameron is the only coach to have won a final in each of the past four seasons but has come under criticism from some quarters in the game for being able to take a talent-laden list to a premiership.

The Giants, however, have not publicly wavered in their belief that Cameron can take them to an historic flag.

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“Leon is an outstanding coach who has led this club to victories in the last four finals series as well as our maiden grand final appearance,” Giants football Jason McCartney, in his first year in the role, said.

“Leon has been central to building the strong culture of the Giants which has grown rapidly both on and off-field under his guidance.

“Given his success and the relationships he’s formed since arriving at the club at the end of 2012, we are delighted to extend his contract for a further two seasons.”

After nine years as an assistant with the Western Bulldogs then Hawthorn, Cameron moved north to the Giants in 2013 to complete his lengthy apprenticeship under the great Kevin Sheedy.

He has a winning percentage of 56.21, with 80 wins from 145 games and a best finish of second last year.

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