GIANTS Academy product and star swingman Harry Himmelberg has turned his back on free agency to sign a six-year contract extension with the club, becoming a GIANT for life. 

The 27-year-old defender-turned-forward-turned-defender again has proven himself as one of the most dynamic players in the competition over his 145 games so far, kicking 160 goals across his career.  

Born in Wagga Wagga and joining the GIANTS Academy as a teenager, before playing for Eastlake in the AFL Canberra competition, Himmelberg has been a GIANT since day one. 

The GIANTS matched a bid on the Academy product at pick 16 in the 2015 national draft before he made his debut in round 17, 2016 and from there, has gone on to become a star of the game. 

GIANTS General Manager of Football, Jason McCartney, said Himmelberg’s commitment is a significant milestone for the club, which has begun a new era under Adam Kingsley this season. 

“We’ve always been really confident Harry saw his future at the club and his signature is a great endorsement of our program on and off the field,” McCartney said.  

“Harry’s been an important part of our club since his days in the Academy and has blossomed into a key member of our side.  

“His versatility as a player has never been more on show that this season when he’s kicked important goals, taken incredible marks and then switched to defence where he’s been ultra-consistent.   

“He’s also continued to grow as a leader and is part of our emerging leaders' group, which is a great reflection of his value to our club.  

“Harry sees where our club is heading under a new coach in Adam Kingsley and a new coaching group and believes success is near.  

“It’s a great day for our club and our fans as we head into one of the biggest home games of the season against the Swans at GIANTS Stadium on Saturday night.” 

Himmelberg’s signature comes off the back of a host of re-signings, including first-round draft pick Lachie Ash.  

The GIANTS take on the Swans in Sydney Derby XXVI this Saturday at 7:30pm at GIANTS Stadium.