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Lloyd and Simpson Re-Sign

Daniel and Dawson have both played important roles for us this year and we’re thrilled to have them put pen to paper.
GIANTS General Manager of Football Wayne Campbell

GIANTS forward Daniel Lloyd and ruckman Dawson Simpson have both signed contract extensions that will see the pair remain at the club.

Lloyd has put pen to paper on a two-year contract that will see him remain at the GIANTS until at least the end of 2019, while Simpson has extended his contract until the end of 2018.

The pair’s new contracts come off the back of midfielder Jacob Hopper announcing a two-year contract extension over the weekend.

Lloyd has made a meteoric rise from an amateur footballer on the NSW’s Central Coast to an AFL-level forward over the past two years. 

The 25-year old former carpenter spent time at the Western Bulldogs through the NSW Scholarship Program as a teenager, but didn’t make it onto an AFL list until late 2015 after being spotted playing for Killarney Vale in the Black Diamond League.

A nine-goal haul in front of the GIANTS’ coaching staff during a semi-final essentially sealed the deal and he was selected with pick 26 in the 2016 Rookie Draft.

After a consistent 2016 season playing in the NEAFL, Lloyd made his AFL debut in the thrilling round eight win over Collingwood at Spotless Stadium this year. 

He’s gone on to play seven games in his debut season for five wins and two draws.

The father of two said he’s excited to be staying at the club that gave him the chance to fulfil a childhood dream.

“The GIANTS took a punt on me a couple of years ago so I couldn’t be happier to sign a new contract,” Lloyd said.

“The club’s been so welcoming to me and my family from the start and has made the move from the Central Coast very easy.” 

Simpson made his club debut for the GIANTS in round 19 this season, playing a key role in the victory over the Fremantle Dockers in the absence of Shane Mumford.  

Having started his AFL career at Geelong, the hulking ruckman has taken his career tally to 30 games this season as well as being named in the NEAFL Team of the Year.

The 28-year old said he’s delighted to re-sign for the 2018 season. 

“I’ve really enjoyed my two seasons at the GIANTS and I’m excited about the future at this club,” he said.

“I’ve managed to get some real continuity in my football this year so it was an easy decision to re-sign.”

GIANTS General Manager of Football Wayne Campbell said the re-signing of the popular duo was another boost on the eve of the finals.  

“Daniel and Dawson have both played important roles for us this year and we’re thrilled to have them put pen to paper,” Campbell said.

“Both have unique stories in how they’ve got to this stage and have shown terrific resilience and dedication over the years. 

“The playing group has bought into the direction we’re heading as a club and the re-signing of Daniel and Dawson is a strong endorsement of this.”