Mooroopna export Clayton Oliver will be a Melbourne player at least until the end of 2021 after committing his long-term future to the Demons.
The dominant midfielder was red-hot through last season on his way to winning the Keith ‘‘Bluey’’ Truscott Memorial Trophy for the club best-and-fairest, and has parlayed his form into a two-year contract extension.
Just 20 years old yet already leading Melbourne’s midfield brigade, Oliver said committing to the club was an absolute no-brainer.
“It was the easiest decision of my life,” he told Melbourne’s website.
“The club came to me last week, and I talked to my manager and we got it done straightaway, so I’m very happy.
“The club’s in a good place and on the way up and I want to be a part of it, so I can’t wait.
‘‘It was an easy decision to stay and I can’t wait for the next four years.”
Oliver has shown a love for winning the contested ball and averaged a shade less than 30 possessions a game last year.
The Echuca lad moved to Mooroopna to further his football prospects and hasn’t looked back since.
●Deniliquin talent Todd Marshall will remain with Port Adelaide until the end of 2020 after a two-year contract extension.
Marshall, the number 16 pick in the 2016 National Draft, broke into the Power line-up at the tail of last year with three senior appearances including their elimination final loss to West Coast.
And he shone in this year’s opener against Fremantle, booting four goals as his side won by 50 points.
Port’s general manager of football Chris Davies said the club was pleased with Marshall’s progress.
‘‘Our list management and recruiting team positioned themselves well to bring Todd to the club at the end of 2016,’’ he said.
‘‘He earned his debut late last season and what he showed against Fremantle at the weekend indicates a promising future.’’
After his starring round one display Marshall was just happy to be a part of a team playing winning football.
‘‘Besides the end of that second quarter we played the way we wanted to play and it was a good start to the year for us,’’ he said.
‘‘Obviously with Paddy (Ryder) going down (with an injury) I got a little bit more game time. I was on the field a bit more, and ‘Dicko’ (Charlie Dixon) and ‘Westy’ (Justin Westhoff) played a bit more in the ruck, so it gave me and ‘Wattsy’ (Jack Watts) a chance to play a bit more of that deeper forward role.
‘‘It’s nice to get a win and if I can just keep playing my role and keep putting on forward pressure as a tall, hopefully I can keep my spot.’’