CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 05: Corey Maynard of the Demons handballs during the round 20 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Melbourne Demons at UNSW Canberra Oval on August 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Melbourne duo earn new deals

Melbourne has re-signed former basketballer Corey Maynard and youngster Mitch King.

Maynard, who was recruited last year as a Category B Rookie after stints with the Cairns Taipans and Townsville Crocodiles in the NBL, has been rewarded with a new two-year deal.

The 26-year-old made his senior debut in Round 20 against GWS after an impressive season in the VFL.

“We were very pleased with his development throughout the year and had a dominant VFL finals series,” Melbourne football manager Josh Mahoney told AFL.com.au.

“We look forward to him developing further and taking a spot as a Category ‘A’ rookie which will make him available for selection from round one.

“His stoppage work is a really key strength and the pressure he puts on the opposition is very good as well.”

Meanwhile, King who was drafted at the end of 2015, returned to play for Casey in the second half of the season following an ACL injury in his first year with the club in 2016 and has signed a one-year contract extension.

“We really liked the way Mitch developed through the year and we look forward to him having a good pre-season out of rehab and hopefully he can build into next season,” Mahoney added.

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