Versatile youngster Blake Acres will remain at the Saints until at least 2018.
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Exciting youngster Blake Acres has signed a new deal that will keep him at St Kilda until at least the end of the 2018 AFL season.
The West Australian had an injury-interrupted season, however he showed glimpses of his talent in the three senior games he played in 2014.
Acres told the club’s website that despite the difficulties of moving away from family and friends, he has thoroughly enjoyed his time at the Saints.
“Having moved away from all my mates and family in Western Australia, this is a big commitment, but the club has been great,” Acres said.
“I love it, it’s been great and I’ve always got something to do. As I said before, it’s just like home.”
Acres said he was excited to be part of a young group hoping to push the club back up the AFL ladder after a disappointing 2014 campaign.
“We’ve signed up a lot of the young guys recently, so they are showing they’re committed to us and we need to show we’re committed to them,” he said.
“We are all really young. Everyone can see that a few years down the track, we are going to be a really competitive side.”
Saints coach Alan Richardson said Acres’ versatility will make him a key component in the side.
“Blake is a terrific athlete and a great reader of the play,” Richardson said.
“We think he has the potential to provide us with versatility either in the midfield or across half-back.”