Melbourne forward Kade Chandler has inked a new three-year deal with the Demons that will see his services tied to the red and blue until the end of the 2026 season.

Chandler has found career-best form for the Demons this year, playing all 13 games to start the season for a return of 15 goals and a further 11 assists.

The South Australian played 10 matches prior to 2023, five of which came as an unused sub and a total of eight as a medical substitute.

The 23-year-old has managed to cement his place in Simon Goodwin's side this year, with his strong run of form also said to have garnered interest from rival clubs given his contract status.

However, any external interest has been declined by the emerging small forward, with Melbourne list manager Tim Lamb expressing his delight in Chandler's decision to remain with the Demons for a further three seasons.

"We are really pleased that Kade has committed to us for a further three seasons,” Lamb told Melbourne Media.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 06: Kade Chandler of the Demons celebrates a goal during the 2023 AFL Round 08 match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Melbourne Demons at Heritage Bank Stadium on May 6, 2023 in the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Russell Freeman/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

"It is a credit to Kade and his terrific character, that he stuck at it and earned his opportunity, and he is now reaping the rewards.

“We have known for a little while that he was AFL ready, and it is fantastic to see him producing on the big stage.

"He is hugely respected by his teammates and coaches, and we look forward to him continuing with us for the next three seasons."

Chandler's signature adds to a busy year of re-signings for the club, with Kysaiah Pickett, Trent Rivers, Judd McVee and Alex Neal-Bullen among those securing their futures at the Demons.