PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 19: Aaron vandenBerg of the Demons in action during the 2018 AFL round 22 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Demons at Optus Stadium on August 19, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Melbourne midfielder Aaron vandenBerg has turned his back on a move to Sydney, instead signing a three-year deal to remain a Demon.

VandenBerg was strongly considering a move to New South Wales to be closer to his family, although he’s decided his future lies in Victoria, at least for the next three years.

“We are very happy that Aaron has decided to remain a Melbourne player and agreed to a new deal,” General Manager of football operations Josh Mahoney told Melbourne Media.

“The last two years have been very challenging personally and we understand that this was a tough decision for Aaron, given his family situation and the attraction of moving to Sydney.

“It is a positive reflection of our club and the environment that has been created for the players, and the connection they have together.”

VandenBerg has played 35 games for the Demons since making his debut on Round 1, 2015.