Melbourne has handed defender Neville Jetta a two-year contract extension less than a year after delisting him.
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Neville Jetta’s incredible career transformation has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension with Melbourne.
Jetta, who was delisted by the Demons at the end of 2013 then redrafted as a rookie, has consolidated himself as an integral part of the club’s best 22 this season.
Demons football operations manager Josh Mahoney said the 24-year-old’s hard work had paid off and that he’d become a key cog in the Melbourne backline since being redrafted.
“This is a great reward for Neville,” he told the club’s website.
“He was delisted at the end of last season and he was put on our rookie list and he’s worked extremely hard on his game.
“His form this year has been outstanding and he plays exactly the way we want him to play. He’s competitive and has become very reliable down back and has played on a number of very good players and beat them.
“We look forward to him improving even further after another good pre-season and we think he’ll be an important part of our backline moving forward.”
Jetta was initially drafted at pick no.51 in the 2008 AFL Draft, before being delisted at the end of 2013.
He was then reclaimed by Melbourne at pick no.50 of last year’s Rookie Draft.
The deal completes a whirlwind couple of years for Jetta, who at the end of last season looked to be off the AFL radar altogether.