PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: Nick Riewoldt of the Saints looks on during the round eight AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the St Kilda Saints at Domain Stadium on May 15, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Riewoldt to play on in 2017

St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt has inked a new one-year contract, extending his decorated career at the Saints into a seventeenth season.

The six-time Trevor Barker Award winner reached the 300-game milestone in Round 2 and has been one of the Saints best performers across the first half of 2016.

The Saints captain said a sound mind and body, coupled with the exciting direction the club is heading in, were the main factors behind his decision to play on in 2017.

“I’m just really excited by the direction the club’s heading. It’s been a really enjoyable year so far. We know we’ve still got a lot of challenges in front of us and a lot of improvement to make,” Riewoldt told