The Giants have expressed confidence that they will retain Kelly, having already started discussions with his management, which fielded a massive $10 million, nine-year offer for the silky midfielder from his father’s old team, North Melbourne.
The trading of Dylan Shiel to Essendon and Tom Scully to Hawthorn, among others, has opened up some room in the club’s salary cap – bursting since 2016 and not helped by the removal of the cost of living allowance – which the Giants have earmarked to retain the likes of Kelly, Coniglio and Haynes.
GWS list manager Jason McCartney said securing Haynes was «a big coup» for the club.
«Firstly, to sign Nick Haynes on a five-year deal is a big coup for one of the most reliable defenders in the competition,» McCartney said.
«Nick goes about his business quietly and sometimes doesn’t get the plaudits externally, but we see him as one of the most impressive defenders in the game and a key part of our defensive set-up.
«He’s a fantastic person and a great contributor to our football club and we couldn’t be happier to have him commit long term.»
The Giants also signed Brent Daniels to a new deal, which McCartney called «a great result».
«We’re excited to get these deals done before the season starts and are looking forward to another big year at the Giants,» McCartney said.