Off the back of securing the key signatures of Harry Himmelberg and Lachie Ash, Jake Riccardi has also put pen to paper to commit his future to the orange and charcoal until at least the end of 2026.
Riccardi made the announcement at the club’s post-match members event, following the GIANTS’ win over the Bombers, recognising the support of the record-breaking Orange Army in season 2023.
Jake Riccardi had a special announcement to make at our post-match members event… 👀 pic.twitter.com/WatGxtTTef— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) August 19, 2023
The 23-year-old, in his fourth season, has had a breakout 2023 campaign, kicking 27 goals across his 17 games.
GIANTS General Manager of Football, Jason McCartney, said the club is pleased to secure the signature of another promising young player.
“It’s fantastic news to have Jake re-sign with the GIANTS for a further three seasons,” McCartney said.
“He’s an impressive young player who is still developing and growing and has had a great 2023 season so far.
“Jake’s a great person to have around the club and we’re really eager to watch the key forward he’ll continue to develop into.”
Riccardi was unearthed from the VFL competition by the GIANTS after winning the Fothergill-Round-Mitchell Medal as the best young player, before being drafted to the club at pick 51 in the 2019 national draft.
He made his debut in round 13, 2020, kicking nine goals across his opening five games and earning a rising star nomination.
He has continued to develop his craft over the subsequent seasons, kicking 52 goals in his 46 games so far.
Riccardi said he’s excited to remain in the orange and charcoal for another three seasons.
“The GIANTS are the club that gave me my opportunity in the AFL, and I’ll always be grateful for that,” he said.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club so far and truly made Sydney my home.
“Adam Kingsley and all the coaches have made this a great environment to play football in and I can’t wait to see where this group can get to, together.”
Riccardi’s commitment comes off the back of sought-after free agent Harry Himmelberg recently re-signing with the club, along with young guns Lachie Ash and Xavier O’Halloran.