St Kilda veteran Leigh Montagna has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2017 season.

Montagna, who was due to become a free agent at season’s end, said he is looking forward to being part of the growth of the young Saints team.

“I am really excited about the journey we are on as a team and happy to continue to be part of it,” Montagna said.

“It’s also a great show of faith from the club to sign me up and have faith in my body and ability to keep playing for another couple of seasons.”

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The 32-year-old, three-time All-Australian, has played 249 games in 14 seasons with the Saints.