Young wingman Jack Newnes has signed on with the Saints until the end of the 2017 season.
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St Kilda young-gun Jack Newnes has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until at least the end of the 2017 season.
The 21-year-old is the latest Saint to extend his time at the club after Luke Dunstan, Josh Saunders and Lewis Pierce all put pen-to-paper as part of the club’s Saints Future Fest campaign.
Newnes told the club’s website he had confidence in the young list and he was hopeful they could help propel the Saints back up the ladder.
“I’m really happy,” Newnes said.
“I’ve got a lot of confidence in the group going forward, so hopefully this deal is a sign of good things to come.”
“A lot of the younger lads have signed on so hopefully we can drive it and have a huge year next year.”
After playing most of his young career on the wing, Newnes was hopeful of a push into the midfield in 2015.
“I’m definitely hoping to push more into the midfield,” he said.
“I will have to put a bit of size on again, hopefully a couple of kilos, before we come back and start our running work. But becoming an inside midfielder would be ideal.”
In just his third season, Newnes finished sixth in the St Kilda’s 2014 club champion award.
Saints head of football Chris Pelchen said Newnes was a leader amongst the club’s younger brigade.
“Jack has shown a real commitment to improvement – both on and off the field,” Pelchen told SAINTS.com.au.
“His leadership among the younger players provides a positive example for others to aspire to.”