Melbourne Demons star Clayton Oliver signs huge seven-year contract with club

Melbourne star Clayton Oliver has signed a stellar seven-year AFL contract extension to stay with the reigning Prime Ministers until the end of the 2030 season.

Oliver, one of the AFL’s top midfielders, who played a key role in last year’s flag breakout, is said to have qualified for free agency next year at the end of his contract.

Instead, 24-year-old midfielder-in-crime has followed Christian Petracca by backing the Demons to stay strong by making a long-term deal.

“As one of the best players in the league, we are delighted that Clayton has turned his back on free agency and chosen to commit to the club,” Melbourne list manager Tim Lamb told Demons’ website.

“It shows the confidence he has in our squad and coaches and it’s a huge confirmation of the culture we’ve built under Simon.

“Clayton is an elite midfielder who has shown incredible consistency throughout his career, culminating in the three Bluey Truscott trophies already to his credit.

“He is loved and respected by his teammates and coaches and is a key pillar of our ambitions to achieve sustainable success.

“At only 24 years old, we are excited to see what Clayton can achieve in the future and we know that our members and supporters will be delighted to see him perform in the red and blue for the rest of his career.”

A sea of ​​red-and-blue clad Melbourne Demons fans in Perth's CBD.
Oliver played a key role in securing Melbourne’s historic 2021 victory.ABC News: Evelyn Manfield

Oliver is already a three-time best and fairest winner in Melbourne and two-time All-Australian.

He claimed the AFL Coaches Association Champion Player of the Year award last year and tops this year’s standings, averaging 34.5 divestments and 8.2 evictions.

Drafted in 2015 at pick number 4, Oliver has had an average of 29 divestments and six approvals in his career.

Melbourne’s focus now is likely to be on securing the signature of esteemed young ruckman Luke Jackson and free agent Angus Brayshaw.


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