Jimmy Bartel will finish his career a one-team man after agreeing to a new four-year deal with Geelong.
The 2007 Brownlow Medallist has inked a long-term deal with the club he has already played 201 games for, ensuring that he will finish his career at the Cats.
Cats CEO Brian Cook confirmed on radio station K-Rock before Friday night's clash with Collingwood that the star midfielder had committed to a new deal, which would see him through into his early thirties.
Bartel, who grew up playing for the Geelong suburb of Bell Park. came to the Cats as pick No.8 in the 2001 draft.
The local product has gone on to be one of the Cats' true greats even though he is not yet 28. He played a major role in the 2007 and 2009 premiership teams and is considered one of the toughest and skilled players in the competition.
His decision to resist the overtures of Greater Western Sydney is a big boost for the Cats on the eve of the finals.