One of season 2017's feelgood stories has been guaranteed a few more chapters with confirmation that Matt De Boer has signed a new two-year deal with Greater Western Sydney.
De Boer's future in the AFL looked uncertain at the end of the 2016 season when he was delisted by Fremantle after 138 matches in eight years.
However, the Giants threw him a lifeline in the national draft and the 27-year-old repaid the faith by playing 15 of the last 17 games of the season, including all three finals, to become a valued member of the team predominantly as a defensive forward.
De Boer will now call Spotless Stadium home until the end of the 2019 season at least.
"My partner Rachael and I have loved the move to Sydney and we've been welcomed with open arms at the Giants," he said.
"I was pleased with my 2017 season but have plenty more to prove in the next few years.
"Being part of such a driven and hard-working group has helped my footy grow and I can't wait to get back into it and prepare for the 2018 season."
The former Docker averaged 14 disposals and five tackles a game in 2017 and also kicked eight goals.
GWS football manager Wayne Campbell was rapt to re-sign De Boer.
"Matt has been an outstanding contributor to our football club since his arrival 12 months ago," Campbell said.
"He was a valuable player both on and off field in 2017 and he sets an incredibly high standard around the club.
"A consummate professional, the way he prepares and trains leaves us with no doubt he can continue to play a high standard of football for at least another two years.
"Matt was an important leader for us in 2017 and we're thrilled to have him at the Giants again."