Carlton have locked away young superstar Patrick Cripps on a two-year deal, which will see the 23-year-old remain a Blue until at least the end of the 2021 season.
Cripps is one of the Brownlow Medal favourites for 2018, after a stellar season averaging 28.7 disposals, 7.4 clearances, 5.9 tackles and 3.7 inside 50s.
“This club is a second home to me and the friends I’ve made at Carlton are like family, so I never had any intention to leave,” Cripps told carltonfc.com.au.
“The support the Club has given me since I arrived has been exceptional and I want to repay the belief they’ve shown in me over the past five years.
“We’ve got a great group of coaches at the Blues and I know my game will continue to improve under ‘Bolts’. He’s had a huge, positive impact on my career as well as my teammates.
“You play football to achieve team success, and as a group, we’re committed to putting in the hard work to get the results. In spite of some challenging realities on-field this season, we’re a very tight-knit group and I’ve never been more determined to help this side achieve the ultimate success soon.”