A CONTRACT extension was the perfect birthday present for Warrnambool export Leon Cameron.
The South Warrnambool product, who led the Giants to their first grand final in 2019, inked a new two-year deal to celebrate his 48th year of life on Wednesday.
"The club has been wonderful to me and I've loved every second of the journey," Cameron said.
"It got drawn out purely because of the situation everyone has found themselves in with the changes with COVID and the soft (salary) cap. It's great news and we're onwards and upwards."
It just took a bit of time to work through and nail it and we've done that now.Leon Cameron
Cameron said he was always confident of agreeing a new deal despite Greater Western Sydney's wonky mid-year form.
"It was done in March, but the changes that happened clearly then created some complexities about going forward with the amount of staff you can have at your footy club," he said.
"Our form hasn't been great - it's been up and down through the year - but no, there was no concern.
"It just took a bit of time to work through and nail it and we've done that now."
Giants football boss Jason McCartney said Cameron deserved a new deal.
"Leon has been central to building the strong culture of the Giants which has grown rapidly both on and off-field under his guidance," he said.
Cameron has coached 156 matches since he took on the role in 2014. He played with South Warrnambool, East Warrnambool and Caramut before playing AFL with Footscray and Richmond.
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