As revealed on last night’s Victory’s Secret, For Vuck’s Sake understands that star Melbourne Victory defender Jason Geria has signed a two-year contract extension with the club, tying him to AAMI Park until the end of 2018/19 season.
The dependable Right Back has been a mainstay in the Victory side since his debut in the first team in 2013, making 72 A-League appearances, including coming off the bench in Melbourne’s 3-0 Grand Final win over Sydney.
Geria’s club form last season saw him earn his maiden Socceroos cap against Greece at ANZ Stadium in June. News of the 23-year-old’s contract extension will be welcomed by Victory fans.
The two-year deal will be also seen as a good piece of business by the Melbourne Victory management, with the likely possibility that overseas clubs could eventually make an offer for the rising star that would see the club earn a transfer fee.
Geria’s re-signing is the Victory’s first so far this season in what promises to be a busy time for Kevin Muscat and his backroom staff. In addition to Geria, 13 other Victory players come out of contract at season’s end including Victory captain Carl Valeri, and star playmaker James Troisi.
MELBOURNE VICTORY PLAYERS OUT OF CONTRACT AT THE END OF THE SEASON
Carl Valeri – (3 yr deal signed June 2014)
Jason Geria – (signed 2 yr extension Dec 2014)
Rashid Mahazi – (signed 2 yr extension Feb 2015)
Ben Khalfallah (FGN) – (signed 2 yr extension Apr 2015)
Daniel Georgievski – (signed 2 yr extension June 2015)
Lawrence Thomas – (2 year extension signed July 2015)
George Howard – (2 year contract Oct 2015)
Jai Ingham – mature age rookie, wages outside cap (signed January 2016)
Nicholas Ansell – (contract extension announced March 2016)
James Donachie – 1 year contract signed June 2016
Alan Baro (FGN) – 1 year contract signed July 2016
James Troisi – signed for 16/17 season August 2016
Alastair Bray – signed for 16/17 season September 2016
Maximilian Beister – signed on loan until end of 16/17 season from FSV Mainz 05 (October 2016) FGN
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ARTICLE UPDATE: The club has today (Wednesday 11/1/2017) confirmed that Geria has signed on, but for three years instead of two as we reported. Official article here: http://www.melbournevictory.com.au/article/jason-geria-signs-melbourne-victory-contract-extension/1k8g19gbtcajazj7sx2413ob4