Star Melbourne forward Jesse Hogan has signed a new two-year deal with the Demons.
The new contract will keep Hogan in red and blue until at least the end of the 2019 season, with the 21-year-old already contracted for next season.
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It is a huge show of confidence in the football club, with speculation rife that Hogan would return home to Perth at the end of next season.
“Melbourne is where I want to be. I really like the city and I’m really excited about what we can do together as a footy club,” he said.
“What excites me about Melbourne is the young talent we’ve got. We feel like we are building something special and that’s something I want to be a part of.
“Goody (Simon Goodwin) has been great; we’ve got a really close relationship and I think he is going to be great for me personally next year and the rest of the boys as well.
“I didn’t really want all the speculation out there, so there is a bit of relief now that we’ve got it done and I can just focus on being a footballer again.
“Obviously a lot has been made of me being a Perth boy, but the Club has been great in allowing me to head home when I can and that’s something that’s made my decision much easier. They’ve been really good with my situation and something that I am really appreciative of.”
Hogan, the 2015 rising star winner, has kicked 85 goals in 41 games with the Demons.