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Sheedy get one-year extension
GWS Giants coach Kevin Sheedy. Picture: Getty Images.

Kevin Sheedy has been rewarded for his passion and vision with a one-year contract extension as coach of the AFL’s newest club, Greater Western Sydney.

The Giants have largely performed above expectations in their debut season, winning two games.

Giants CEO David Matthews said it was the unanimous view of the club that 64-year-old Sheedy should continue next year, with Mark Williams as his senior assistant.

“Since he was appointed three years ago Kevin has made an enormous contribution to the club on and off the field and he is the right person to coach the Giants in 2013,” Matthews said on Tuesday.

“He has been a strong and calming influence on our young playing group in what was always going to be a challenging but exciting first season and his experience, knowledge and people skills have been invaluable.

“His passion for the game is stronger than ever and he has helped build not just this young team but also the club.

“The game in New South Wales and the ACT needs people with vision like Kevin Sheedy and we’re thrilled he will coach us again in 2013.”

The Giants play North Melbourne at Skoda Stadium on Saturday in their final match of 2012.

"I'm thrilled to have been asked by the Giants to continue as head coach next year and I'm really looking forward to continuing to develop this talented young playing group and help set this club up for long term success," Sheedy said.

"I've really enjoyed the challenge of working with such a dedicated and committed group of people on and off the field and can't wait for 2013 and what should be another exciting year for the club."

The West Australian

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