The GIANTS are excited to re-sign big men Matt Flynn and Jake Riccardi and rookies Daniel Lloyd, Callum Brown and Will Shaw for 2022 and beyond.

Ruckman Matt Flynn and key forward Jake Riccardi have both extended their contracts for a further two seasons with the GIANTS.

Flynn make his long-awaited debut in round one this season after joining the club as an Academy graduate from Narrandera in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft.

He played 12 games this season before a shoulder injury cut his year short.

Riccardi has played 14 games over the past two seasons after being plucked out of the VFL in the 2019 national draft.

The versatile forward played nine games this season as he continues to develop his craft.

Forward Daniel Lloyd, Irishman Callum Brown and local product Will Shaw have all re-signed as rookies for the 2022 season.

From the Central Coast in NSW, Lloyd has kicked 58 goals in his 67 games for the club over the past five seasons. 

He played 16 games in 2021 and kicked 20 goals.

Irishman Brown made his AFL debut in 2021, impressing with two goals in an upset win over Geelong in round 21.

Tall, powerful and athletic, the versatile 21-year-old has the ability to play at either end of the ground.

Shaw joined the club as a NSW Zone selection in last year’s Draft with the 20-year-old hailing from Deniliquin in southern NSW.

The Category B rookie impressed in the VFL before a serious shoulder injury ended his season.

GIANTS General Manager of Football Jason McCartney said he was pleased to lock away the five players.

“It’s exciting to be able to confirm the re-signings of Matt, Jake, Daniel, Callum and Will,” McCartney said.

“We’re pleased to extend Matt and Jake for a further two years. They’ve both played key roles in our side at different times and we’re looking forward to them cementing their positions as they develop over the coming seasons.

“Daniel continues to be a model of consistency in our forward line while Callum has come on in leaps and bounds every year he’s been with us and impressed in his AFL debut this season. Will is a great young local kid and is learning his craft up forward.

“It’s exciting to see what they can all add to our group for 2022 and beyond.”