Another key GIANT has recommitted to the club with pocket rocket Haneen Zreika signing a new two-year deal to remain in orange and charcoal until at least the end of the 2025 NAB AFLW season.
Hailing from Western Sydney, Zreika has played 48 games for the GIANTS across six seasons since joining the club as a rookie-listed player in 2018.
Debuting in 2019, Zreika has been a pioneer of the women’s game after becoming the first Muslim woman to play in the AFLW.
Originally from a Rugby League background, the 24-year-old has been one of the GIANTS’s most reliable players in recent years, taking out two of the club’s last three Coaches Awards for her ability to play a variety of roles with unmatched tenacity.
The new two-year deal comes on the back of another stellar campaign for the 160cm dynamo, with Zreika placing sixth in the Gabrielle Trainor Medal after finishing the 2023 season sitting seventh in the competition for tackles, averaging a huge 8.8 per game, to go along with 13 disposals per match.
GIANTS Executive General Manager - Football Strategy and Operations, Briana Harvey, said Zreika is a vital re-signing for the club.
“Haneen has shown her value for a number of seasons across several roles, and we are delighted to have her re-commit for two more years,” Harvey said.
“Her attack on the ball and the ferociousness that she plays with is infectious and sets an example to the rest of the playing group as to what GIANTS football is all about.
“Coming off arguably her best season to date, it’s fantastic to have Haneen in orange and charcoal for at least two more years and at just 24-years-old it's exciting knowing that her best football is still to come.”
Zreika joins Zarlie Goldsworthy, Tarni Evans, Georgia Garnett, Jessica Doyle and Brodee Mowbray as young stars who have recently re-committed to the club long-term.