MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: Demons head coach Simon Goodwin looks upfield during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock on February 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Simon Goodwin has put pen to paper on a new deal that will ensure he is the head coach of the Melbourne Football club until at least the end of 2022.

With his current contract due to expire at the end of the 2019 season, Goodwin and the Demons have added an extra three years to the agreement.

Melbourne CEO Gary Pert told Melbourne Media that the club was delighted with the extension.

“It’s great for the club to announce, prior to the season starting, that Simon Goodwin has signed on for the next four years,” Pert said.

“It is certainly a show of confidence from the Board, (Melbourne General Manager of Football Operations) Josh Mahoney and myself in Simon as a coach and what he is producing out on the field, but also the culture that he is building in our football department.

“This is the Board signing off that these are the people, this is the leadership, this is the program and this is the culture that we believe will take the Melbourne Football Club to where we want to go over the next four years.

“It’s an investment in those people and the program, so that makes it pretty exciting.”

Chairman Glen Bartlett also gave his tick of approval to the club’s most recent piece of business.

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Simon Goodwin is the ideal Melbourne Football Club ambassador,” Bartlett said.

“He lives and breathes our standards, behaviours and values, which has a ripple effect through the entire football department.”

Goodwin and the Demons will begin their 2019 campaign when they take on Port Adelaide at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.