Oliver pens Demons deal

14 April 2021 15:16:33 GMTPlus10

Melbourne's 2021 AFL campaign continues to get better and better after star mid Clayton Oliver penned a new two-year deal with the club.

The Demons have made an unbeaten start to the campaign and Oliver has been instrumental in their form when averaging 32 disposals a game.

It is no surprise then that Melbourne wanted to tie him down to a new deal, while Oliver says there was no hesitation on his side either.

He will stay with the Demons until at least the end of the 2023 campaign and could not be happier.

"The club's running unbelievable at the moment – 4-0, couldn't be in a better place," Oliver told Melbourne Media. "I was always going to sign on – I love all the boys here, love the staff, so it was an easy decision."

The 23-year-old still has his best years ahead of him so the signing is a great coup for the club, who themselves look to be going places this year.

And Oliver says a lot of that is to do with the team spirit in the Melbourne camp.

"[There's] a lot of good energy through the group, a lot of positivity," he added. "Probably in recent years, when the other teams have got a run on against us, we've been a little bit negative, but we've matured as a group and we're handling it a lot better.

"It makes it a lot 'funner' and we're just laughing out there and having fun."

List manager Tim Lamb has saluted the deal when saying: "We are confident he has significant improvement in him and we believe his best football is still to come."

Melbourne are priced at 4/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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