Demons skipper Nathan Jones has extended his contract with the club until 2019.
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Melbourne captain Nathan Jones has signed a four-year extension with the Demons in a deal that keeps him at the club until the end of the 2019 season.
The 26-year-old was already locked-in to the Demons for 2015, but the club announced on Thursday he had extended his contract.
Although Jones was eligible for free agency at the end of next season, he says it was never something he wanted to explore.
“My intention all along was to stay in the red and blue. For me, I’ve been here for a long time now and I’ve been through a fair bit of ups and downs – and a lot of downs … in terms of team success. But I really want to see it through,” he told the club’s website.
“We’re on the right track now and it’s something I really want to be a part of and make sure I’m leading the way.
“That never really crossed my mind [leaving or exploring free agency]. I was in contract for another season and I was really pleased when the club approached me in terms of trying to renegotiate next year and extend beyond that.
Jones this year became the third player in the club’s history to win three consecutive best and fairest awards.