'Crucial' contract: Cats keep their coach in the Hood

GEELONG coach Paul Hood will continue in the role after agreeing to a new contract. 

Hood took charge of the women's program in 2017 when the club launched a VFLW team and was then named as inaugural coach of the AFLW squad. 

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"We have a great blend of youth and experience, and an excellent nucleus that will serve the club well for the next decade," Hood said.  

"The club also has a strong draft hand that will enhance our list. 

Over the past four years our women's and pathway programs have redefined our club, with Paul playing a crucial role as coach

Football manager Simon Lloyd

"Our players are a great group to coach and even during the COVID-19 shutdown they have been working hard to improve their game. 

Geelong's football manager Simon Lloyd lauded Hood's efforts and is thrilled he will return to again guide the program as senior coach. 

"Paul has done an outstanding job in his role as head coach of our women's program," Lloyd said.

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"Bringing the team together and building a quality high-performance program has been a key strategy of the club, and Paul has been exceptional in bringing this to life as head coach.

"Over the past four years our women's and pathway programs have redefined our club, with Paul playing a crucial role as coach. We will continue to ensure our program is unique and integrated into our club's fabric."

Hood guided the Cats to the preliminary final in its debut AFLW season in 2019. The improvement in the squad was evident in the 2020 season despite the campaign being cut short.