MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 13: Paddy McCartin of the Saints celebrates after kicking a goal during the round 21 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Young St Kilda forward Paddy McCartin has committed to the club for the further two seasons. 
 
The 21-year-old is now locked in to the red, white and black until at least the end of the 2020 season as he looks to take over the mantle of the club’s number one forward option. 
 
“I love the club and I’m excited for what the future holds,” McCartin said.
 

“The club has invested a lot in me and I look forward to repaying their faith.

“There is a great feeling among the group and we are really hungry to take the next step this season.”

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McCartin has had an injury plagued start to his career, kicking 22 goals from 22 games after being taken with No.1 pick in the 2014 AFL Draft. 
 
St Kilda’s Recruiting and List Manager Tony Elshaug said McCartin still remained a key piece in the clubs future plans. 
 

“It’s a great sign when one of your emerging players recommits to the club long term as Paddy has done,” Elshaug said.

“He has become a really popular member of our playing group and obviously sees a bright future at the Saints.

“Paddy has shown great character and resilience in the way he has confronted every challenge over the past three years.

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“His work on the training track in the latter stages of last season and throughout the pre-season has been first rate and we’re excited by the player he can become in the coming years.”