St Kilda have locked in the services of 20-year-old midfielder Josh Saunders until 2017.
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St Kilda has locked in young-gun Josh Saunders to the club until the end of the 2017 AFL season.
The 20-year-old has played 20 games since being selected at pick no.43 at the 2012 National Draft.
Saunders played in the club’s first seven games of the season in 2014, but was then dropped.
He returned for two games mid-season, then was selected in round 21 before being omitted.
“I started the year in the AFL fairly well and played the first seven games,” Saunders told the club’s website.
“Then I dropped away a little bit, but I think I played fairly well towards the end of the year in the VFL.”
St Kilda head of football Chris Pelchen said he hoped Saunders could develop into a running midfielder.
“Josh is an energetic young player who has provided genuine run and carry for the Saints forward of the centre,” Pelchen said.
“His running ability provides a real example to the other players on the training track.
“As he develops a mature body, we anticipate he will be able to spend some more time through the midfield.”