Demons’ $6m man signs monster deal

A Melbourne midfield bull has put premierships in his immediate goals after joining a star-studded list of Demons committed to the club long term.

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin can start making plans for sustained success after midfield gun Christian Petracca added his name to a star-studded list of players now committed long-term to the Demons.

Petracca, 25, has decided against testing the free agency market next year and signed on until the end of 2029 on a contract estimated to be worth around $900,000 per season.

The monster, long-term deal means Petracca joins Melbourne skipper Max Gawn as well as fellow guns Clayton Oliver, Christian Salem and Jack Viney in committing their future to the resurgent Demons.

Last year’s best and fairest and current equal favourite for the Brownlow, Petracca said the Demons, who are undefeated this season, could “achieve anything” and was buoyed by the signatures of his teammates and friends.

“I signed at the club because I know we can win premierships, that’s what I am here for,” he said.

“It’s not the first seven rounds which have influenced me to stay. It’s my first five years since I’ve been here, the culture we are developing, there are so may young exciting guys coming through.

“Guys like Oliver and Salem who are my close mates re-signing, that’s a great thing.

“We can achieve anything we want. The first seven games have shown that, but we can’t be complacent now. We haven’t really done anything. The test is the back end of the season, when finals are on.

“We really want to take this club to where we know it can get to.”

Petracca said he “definitely” sees himself as a leader at Melbourne now having made a long-term commitment.

“I definitely see myself as a leader of the footy club,” he said.

“To see where I am at now as a person, off the field, I couldn’t be happier. I am really content … and my footy is a reflection of my life off the field and who I want to be as a person.”

Petracca was already contracted until the end of next season, and the deal puts to bed any suggestion of a poaching move from Collingwood.

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