19/04/2024
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Christian Petracca has signed a seven year mega-deal with Melbourne. Picture: Melbourne Football Club

Melbourne's Christian Petracca contract with the club is another show of faith in the Demons' direction according to coach Simon Goodwin.

It’s been a season to remember so far for Melbourne fans and with Christian Petracca signing a new contract worth almost a million dollars a season across seven years, the news just keeps getting better.

The 25-year-old Petracca was due to come out of contract at the end of next season but has dismissed notions he might leave in free agency by putting pen to paper on an extension that will see him remain as a Melbourne player until at least the end of 2029.

It is another massive coup for the club this season, which currently sits on top of the AFL ladder and is the only undefeated side remaining in 2021.

Coming off a third-place finish in the Brownlow Medal and a maiden All-Australian guernsey in 2020, Petracca has taken his game to a new level this year, averaging 29 disposals per game and ranking first across the competition for total inside 50s across the first seven weeks.

Coach Simon Goodwin said at Petracca’s decision to remain a one-club player was show of loyalty and faith to the club.

“For him to make that commitment to the club and for the club to make that commitment to him, I think its fantastic,” Goodwin said.

“To see what he’s given our club so far and to see what he is going to give it in the future is really exciting for us.

“It’s a great show of faith from the club and and also from Christian in the belief that he’s got in our footy club, he’s a great person, he’s already a great player and we’re looking forward to having a long career together.”

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Petracca’s signature added his name to a list of key Demons re-committing to the club already this year after the bright start of this season. Following the announcements of Christian Salem and Clayton Oliver, who both committed their long-term futures to the Demons.

Goodwin spoke of the current group wanting to build a culture of success over a long period of time and the commitment and buy-in from the entire playing group.

“There’s an enormous connection between our playing group,” he said

“There’s a core group of players what have all re-signed and are all important pillars in our footy club not only now but moving forward and they want to build success together and they want to do it over a long period of time.”

“It’s a great show of faith that they all want to stay together and I think it speaks volumes of the people that are within our footy club and the culture we are starting to build that they want be a part of that and be a part of that at the Melbourne Football Club.”

The Demons will face the Sydney Swans on Saturday night without defender Adam Tomlinson for the remainder of the season after injuring his ACL in the win over North Melbourne last Sunday. Goodwin said that key forward Tom McDonald will not be swung back to defence to help out after his strong form in the front half already this season and will be staying in that role.

Young Demon Harrison Petty will come into the side, and the coach is confident he’ll hit the ground running.

“Harrison is ready to play AFL footy,” Goodwin said.

“He’s worked incredibly hard, he’s another really highly valued young player that’s put three or four years of development into his body and now he’s ready to play a significant role for us.”

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