The Courier-Mail

Oliver to stick with Demons

- JAY CLARK

MELBOURNE has secured superstar midfielder Clayton Oliver to a new two-year contract extension, thwarting any bids from cashed-up rivals.

The new deal will tie Oliver (pictured) to the club until the end of 2023 when the brilliant playmaker will qualify for restricted free agency after eight years with the Demons.

Oliver, 23, , has started the e 2021 season in blistering form, despite shoul- dering a heavy tag that has helped release e superstar midfield teammate Christian Petracca.

The dual best-and-fairest winner was identified as a potential target for Carlton last year, but the hard-nut has made the commitment only four rounds into the season.

Oliver said he was thrilled to lock in the deal on the back of an excellent 4-0 start to the season.

“It was an easy decision in the end because the boys are absolutely flying,” he said.

“I think we’ve taken a real team-first approach this season and it has really paid off for us so far.”

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