Jones extends Demons stay

29 October 2020 20:21:30 GMTPlus11

Melbourne veteran Nathan Jones is set to take his career into a 16th season after penning a new one-year contract extension with the Demons.

Jones is just six games away from becoming only the second player in the club's history to play 300 career games, and the new deal now hopefully means he will join David Neitz in the record books.

The 32-year-old would have reached the milestone in the 2020 campaign had he not suffered a number of injury setbacks that ruined his year.

The former Demons skipper managed just eight games last season but is now hoping his injury issues are behind him as 2021 fast approaches.

Demons football boss Josh Mahoney says that conversations with the player have taken place, when they came to the conclusion that Jones had the desire to play on for at least one more season.

Jones is as committed as ever and that can only be a good for Melbourne as they look to get back on track next season.

"We had some chats with Nathan later in the year about next season, which mainly centred around if he felt that he had more to give, we were keen to offer him another contract," Mahoney told the club's website.

"Nathan had some challenges physically this year, but his development off-field and the impact he has across all players has never been stronger. Speaking to him today, he is as competitive as ever and is totally invested in being part of our journey going forward."

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