Joel Tippett has signed a two-year contract extension at the Kangaroos.
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North Melbourne key defender Joel Tippett has signed a new two-year deal with the club.
Tippett joined the Kangaroos in last year’s rookie draft after stints at Brisbane Lions (2007-09) and the Gold Coast Suns (2011).
The 25-year-old former basketballer only played two senior games for the Suns but was picked up by the Kangaroos after two standout seasons in the SANFL with West Adelaide.
Tippett told AFL.com.au that he knew 2014 was a do-or-die year after having just a one-year deal.
“I wanted to just have a really good crack at things, and I was lucky to have a really good pre-season and get myself in good shape so I could really focus on having a good year,” Tippett told AFL.com.au on Tuesday.
“It’s really exciting to be part of the playing group for another two years.
“I’ve worked pretty hard over the past couple of years to put myself in this position, and it’s great that the club has recognised that and I’m just really excited to be part of it.”
Tippett made his club debut in round six against Hawthorn and held his place in the side until round 10 where he tore his right pectoral muscle against Geelong.
He made his return two weeks ago with North Ballarat in the VFL, but suffered a knock to the calf against Geelong last Saturday.
He said he hoped to be available for the Kangaroos senior line-up for in time for the AFL finals.