New deal for Matthews as Giants CEO

Greater Western Sydney have secured the services of respected chief executive David Matthews for another three years at the AFL expansion club.

Matthews, 42, had worked for the AFL for more than a decade, rising to the position of general manager for national and international development.

He then moved to the Giants for an initial 12-month stint in November 2011 after the AFL's 18th franchise parted ways with their inaugural CEO Dale Holmes.

Matthews said he would relish the opportunity take the club forward for another three years.

"Any organisation is only as strong as its people and we have a terrific group of people at this club both on and off the field and are building a strong culture to give us the very best chance of achieving ultimate success in the years to come," Matthews said in a statement.

"We want to become a club that values success but also has strong values and a club that everyone can be proud to support."


Giants chairman Tony Shepherd was delighted that Matthews had agreed to extend his time with the club.

"This is the biggest and most exciting challenge in Australian sport," said Shepherd.

"Since he joined the Giants, David has led the club with distinction through its first 12 months in the AFL competition and shown why he is a highly respected figure in the game."

The Giants have already formalised their coaching succession plan, with newly-appointed senior assistant Leon Cameron to replace Kevin Sheedy as head coach in 2014.