PAUL Chapman, Josh Hunt and Corey Enright will remain at Geelong next season.

The premiership stars are unrestricted free agents and could have moved to the clubs of their choice.

But Cats' football manager Neil Balme said the trio had been given one-year deals.

Chapman, 31 in November, had wanted an unconditional two-year deal. He was worried the Cats would not be open to him playing on in 2014 if his form next season warranted.

However, the Cats eased these fears, with Balme saying he would be given another contract if he continued to be a strong performer.

"He will be fine. He will be here," Balme said. "There was never any doubt about that.

"It will be one year at a time which we all said which is fair enough. There is no clause for a second year."

Balme said the Cats were mindful of handling their senior players with respect. Enright is 31 and Hunt 30.

"It's really quite a sensitive thing, how you handle your great champions when they get towards the end. There has got to be a little give and take from both sides," Balme said.

Shannon Byrnes is the only Cat left on the free-agency list. The small forward will explore his options and has been linked to Melbourne.

Fremantle forward Michael Walters has had his contract extended  until the end of 2014.

The 21-year-old  was  banished to the WAFL last summer for being overweight, but returned in round 16 and did not miss another match.