Posted: 10 December, 2016
"I've loved my time here so far"
St Kilda youngster Jade Gresham has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension.
The 19-year-old, who was drafted with pick 18 in 2015, starred in his first season at St Kilda, playing 18 games and kicking 11 goals, impressing up forward before making the step into the midfield in the second half of the year.
He kicked the match-winning goal against Geelong in round 14, and polled his first Brownlow vote with 25 disposals and eight clearances against Carlton in round 21.
Gresham inherited the prestigious number four guernsey last week, previously worn by Tony Lockett, Darrel Baldock, Barry Breen and Andrew Thompson.
"I've loved my time here so far, love being around the club and the boys. I've made some really close mates already, so I'm looking forward to the next few years and what the future holds," Gresham said on St Kilda's website.
Chief operating officer Ameet Bains spoke of the club's excitement in securing the youngster, and the potential he holds.
"We think the ongoing challenge for Jade is to develop his endurance base to allow him to become a more permanent fixture in our midfield," he said.
"We saw some really impressive glimpses of what he can add to the midfield during the second half of the season. In particular, he showed how damaging he can be at stoppages and how clean he is in tight."