Local Sydney product and rising ruck star Kieren Briggs has extended his contract with the club for a further two years.

Already contracted for 2024, Briggs has put pen to paper to remain in the orange and charcoal until at least the end of 2026.

The 23-year-old, who has played the last 15 games straight, said it was a very easy decision for the local Sydneysider.

“I think we’re building something really special at the club and I’m really excited to be part of it for the next three years,” he said.

“The decision is made a bit easier being from Sydney and Sydney being home so I’m close to family, but the GIANTS are my family too, so I’ve just loved it.”

After playing nine games since his debut in 2021, Briggs came into the GIANTS’ side in round 10 and never looked back – rated as the number one ruck in the competition for both clearances and centre clearances.

Briggs – also a GIANTS Academy graduate - said he always had faith in his ability, but his rise to the top echelons of rucks in the game has taken even him by surprise.

“It’s been a bit of a surprise,” he admitted.

“I knew I’ve always had the ability, but it’s been really nice to pay back the time and the effort all the coaches have put into me the last few years, especially Shane [Mumford] – he'll love that, he comes up in everything.

“It’s been really pleasing and just having the belief in the playing group as well.”

His 25th game this weekend will be his biggest, set to take on Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval in Saturday’s semi-final, just a week after playing his first-ever final in front of 68,000 fans at the MCG.

“Our first final was exciting, we showed that on the big stage at the MCG,” Briggs said.

“Going to Port Adelaide is no issue, we’ve played at 11 venues for 11 wins and shown we can match it with the best, so I’m excited.”

Briggs and his GIANTS take on the Power at Adelaide Oval on Saturday at 7:10pm CST/7:40pm EST.