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Gibbs to stay with Blues

By Sam Lienert 27/05/2010 10:32:02 PM Comments (0)

Carlton's Bryce Gibbs has continued the trend of AFL stars staying loyal in the face of efforts by the league's expansion clubs to woo them.

The 21-year-old midfielder, third in the Blues' best and fairest last season, has agreed to terms for the next two seasons, putting him out of the reach of Gold Coast, ahead of their AFL debut next season.

Gibbs said despite speculation that he was a Gold Coast target, he had never considered leaving Carlton and aimed to play out his career there.

"It is fantastic to re-sign with the Blues. I have fitted in really well here and appreciate what the Carlton Football Club has done for me," Gibbs told the club's website.

"Why would I want to leave Carlton? I value my friendships, I am playing with a team that is committed to working together to achieve success and we train at the best facilities, as good as any in the world.

"Carlton is my home and I am thrilled to be a part of the Carlton Football Club and it is my aim to play my entire AFL career at Carlton."

Blues football manager Steven Icke said retaining quality players such as Gibbs was vital to the club's efforts to build towards a premiership.

"To ultimately have premiership success you need to keep your good players together, and provide an environment where they continue to grow both individually and collectively," Icke said.

"Bryce believes in what Carlton is doing and where its heading ... it was good to complete the negotiations early so that he can concentrate on his continued development as a senior player fired with an ambition, commitment and determination to help Carlton get back to being a strong, powerful and consistently successful football team that's going to participate in finals for years to come."

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