Savage locked in

Rebounding defender Shane Savage and small forward Jack Lonie are the latest Saints to lock in new deals with the club.


Lonie inked a one-year deal this week, while Savage signed a two-year contract that will see him in red, white and black until at least the end of the 2019 season.

Chief Operating Officer Ameet Bains said Savage and Lonie were important signatures as the club looked to continue to developing the current group.

“Despite the disappointment of failing to reach the finals, the club believes the young playing group took a step forward in their development this season,” Bains said.

“Shane and Jack are both popular members of our playing group which is developing a strong bond on and off the field.”

“Shane’s drive out of defence in the second half of the season was an important element as the club strived for a finals berth.

“After a period out of the team, he showed great resilience to win his spot back and then seize his opportunity.

“He was able to find great balance between defending his opponent and taking the game on with his run and elite kicking.

“Jack also demonstrated his determination to be part of the senior team, even when required to play at Sandringham.

“His attitude was reflected by his dominance at that level and resulted in 12 appearances in the senior side.

“Jack’s forward pressure and football smarts are highly regarded and with another strong pre-season we expect him to achieve the consistency required to become a regular senior player.

Savage joined St Kilda in October 2013 after five years at Hawthorn Football Club, while Lonie was selected by the Saints with pick number 41 in the 2014 AFL Draft.

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