Melbourne on-baller Jack Viney has signed a contract extension which will keep at the club until the end of 2020.
Viney has been in scintillating form this season, averaging 28 disposals and 15 contested possessions a game.
The 22-year-old said it was an easy decision to extend his contract which was due to run out at the end of the 2017 season.
“Obviously I’m very passionate and excited about the direction that the club’s going,” Viney told the club’s website.
“To know that I’ll be here for a few more years is very exciting as well.
“I just believe the club is going in a terrific direction and the playing group and coaching group we have at the club is something I’m super excited about.”
Viney, son of Melbourne great Todd Viney, has been touted as a future captain of the club and was added to the leadership group for the first time this season.
He said while captaining the club was not a “burning ambition”, he would be humbled if one day his teammates chose him for the role.
Viney’s signing locks away one of Melbourne’s hottest young talents, but questions remain over the future of star forward Jesse Hogan.
Former Brisbane spearhead Jonathan Brown said on Monday Fremantle should offer the 21-year-old $15 million over 10 years to lure him home to Western Australia.
“I think that figure may be a little bit drastic,” Melbourne captain Nathan Jones told RSN927 on Wednesday.
Jones said Hogan was a vital cog in Melbourne’s future plans and he had shown signs he would stay with the club.
“I’m not worried at all that Jesse would leave. If anything I’m really confident that he would sign,” Jones said.