Melbourne forward Jack Watts has signed a three-year contract extension, keeping him at the Demons until the end of the 2019 season.
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Watts, 25, is enjoying a career best season, averaging 16.1 disposals, 5.9 contested possessions, 6.8 score involvements, 2.8 inside 50s per game and he has kicked 31 goals in 16 matches.
“It’s been in the works for quite a while and today was the good day for me. My manager and Mahns (Josh Mahoney) came to an agreement and (I’m) super happy, so I can’t wait for the next three years,” Watts told the club’s website.
“It’s been a really positive year for the entire club. It’s still really important, these last six weeks, but it’s been a sensational year and that’s why I’m so excited to be here for the next three years.
“You can only see it going up and getting better, so it should be a really bright future for the club.”
The former No.1 draft pick said he had no hesitation in putting pen to paper on a new deal.
“I’ve never had too many doubts about staying here at Melbourne to be honest,” he said.
“When you form such close bonds with everyone here – your teammates, coaching staff and the supporters, who have been with me through everything for the last seven or eight years – it hasn’t been a smooth ride, that’s for sure.
“To have people stick by you and support you all the way, you really want to repay that and I think I’ve taken steps towards that this year. I’m really looking forward to working hard over the next three years to get the best out of myself and the team.”
Watts has played 131 career games since making his debut in Round 11, 2009.