Cats award Scott a two-year contract extension

Geelong coach Chris Scott will be awarded a two-year contract extension, as the Cats look to remain in premiership contention next season.

Scott, the 2011 premiership coach, had a year to run on his contract but there had been speculation about his future amid upheaval at GMHBA Stadium after the Cats were crunched by eventual premier Melbourne in a preliminary final in Perth. However, new Cats chief executive Steve Hocking and the board have backed Scott in.

Assistant coaches Matthew Scarlett, Matthew Knights and Corey Enright have left. James Kelly, a three-time premiership Cat, has rejoined the club as an assistant, while Eddie Betts, the former Blue and Crow, will be a part-time development coach. Assistant coach Nigel Lappin remains.

A major question for Scott heading into the pre-season is whether the Cats maintain a game-style built on ball control which has failed to secure a flag in recent seasons.

Scott has been in charge for 261 senior matches, with only Reg Hickey (304) having coached the Cats for longer.

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