Despite having not yet made his AFL debut, 20-year-old Mason Wood has signed a new two-year-deal at the club.
Emerging North Melbourne forward Mason Wood has been handed a new two-year deal which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2016 AFL season.
Despite having only featured in the VFL this season, the club have rewarded his good form and promise by re-signing the 20-year-old.
Wood said he didn’t have to think twice about signing on at Arden Street.
“Having only played VFL footy they’ve (the coaches) obviously seen something in me and it was a pretty easy decision to sign on,” Wood told the club’s website.
“I couldn’t think of anyone that would want to leave because I think we all know we’ve got something special here.”
Named as an emergency for the Kangaroos several times this season, Wood’s form in the VFL has left many to ponder why he has not yet featured in the the top-flight, but he said the stiff competition has led him to work even harder.
“It’s huge competition which is good. We are all pushing each other,” he said.
“Browny’s (Ben Brown) had a go, Maj (Majak Daw) had a go, Blacky (Aaron Black) and Drewy (Drew Petrie) have been really good, so hopefully there’s a spot for me in the next few weeks.
“I just had some defensive things in my game to get right and also hitting the scoreboard, and getting a mix of ball up the ground and inside 50 as well. Just having that complete game is what we’ve been working on in the last few weeks.”
Surgery mid-way through the 2013 season an a fractured thigh bone curtailed any plans of an AFL debut last year, and a late start to pre-season did not help Wood’s chances of breaking into the side.
It is believed there were a number of rival AFL clubs looking to swoop on the forward, however the Kangaroos have moved swiftly to keep the youngster on the books at Arden Street.