Reigning AFL Premiers Melbourne Demons have signed superstar midfielder Clayton Oliver in a massive new deal that will keep him at the club until at least the end of 2030.
The two-time All-Australian and three-time Best and Fairest club winner played 138 games for the club after being drafted as the fourth overall pick in 2015, and was a standout performer last year – winning the prestigious AFL Coaches Association’s AFL Champion Player Award.
The 24-year-old was due to become a free agent at the end of 2023 but has now signed a new seven-year deal with the Dees which should see him stay at the club for the rest of his career.
It’s the longest contract in the league, as the first deal reaching the next decade. Last season, GWS midfielder Josh Kelly signed his own monster contract via the 2029 campaign which nets him around $1m a year – with Oliver likely on a similar figure.
His Melbourne team-mate Christian Petracca has also signed until 2029, while the club are still hoping to convince Angus Brayshaw to sign his own contract.
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Melbourne roster manager Tim Lamb was delighted with the news. He said in a club statement: “As one of the best players in the competition, we are delighted that Clayton has turned his back on Free Agency and has chosen to commit to the club. It shows the confidence he has in our squad and our coaches and that’s a huge endorsement of the culture we’ve built under Simon.
“Clayton is an elite midfielder who has shown incredible consistency throughout his career, evidenced by the three Bluey Truscott Trophies already to his name. He is loved and respected by his teammates and coaches and is a key pillar of our ambitions to achieve sustainable success.
“His ability to perform at an extremely high level week in and week out is a direct reflection of the amount of work and effort he puts into his training. His coaching standards are reflected in his game-time performance.
“At just 24 years old, we are excited to see what Clayton can achieve in the future and we know our members and supporters will love seeing him play in red and blue for the rest of his career.”
Oliver leads the league in eliminations this season, averaging 34.5 per game, and is also above his career average in kicks, handballs, marks and clearances.
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