Greater Western Sydney have jumped at re-signing coach Leon Cameron to 2020, believing stability will bring consistent AFL dominance.
Cameron has set his sights on top-four finishes every year for the rest of his tenure, with the Giants locking him in well before his contract had been due to expire in late 2018.
The Giants’ highly rated football manager Wayne Campbell will also remain to 2020.
Giants chief executive David Matthews said the decision to re-sign the pair was not taken lightly, believing in the importance of on-field success to help the fledgling club thrive.
“We can’t afford to make major mistakes with major decisions,” Matthews said.
“We don’t want our club to be characterised by any sort of instability at all. It’s just really important that we have that in place to underpin future success.”
Cameron said his decision to stay had nothing to do with convincing the club’s in-demand stars to do likewise, rather being based on the prospect of success.
“I am very confident that I’m the person who can help lead our footy club to constant finals and the aim is to finish in the top four every year,” Cameron told reporters on Thursday.
“The really powerful clubs all around Australia that have done that year after year – it puts them in really good stead.
“Stability is a big thing at any football club and to extend to 2020 no doubt gives the playing group confidence that these are the people who are going to be around them and guiding them to the ultimate prize one day.”
Cameron, who succeeded foundation coach Kevin Sheedy at the end of 2013, took the club into the playoffs for the first time last year before they narrowly lost to premiers the Western Bulldogs in the preliminary finals.
The Giants sit third ahead of Sunday’s MCG clash with Richmond, having not won since June 24, recording two draws and losing last week to Sydney.
Star GWS forward Jeremy Cameron will miss a second-straight match with a hamstring injury, while Stephen Coniglio (ankle) and Matt De Boer (concussion) are 50 per cent chances to play.
The fifth-placed Tigers, after beating Brisbane last week, are rated by Leon Cameron as the most-consistent team this season. He says their heavy loss to St Kilda a fortnight ago has been long forgotten.