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Geraldton product Judd McVee signs two-year extension with Melbourne after solid opening stint

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Judd McVee of the Demons is tackled by Jake Stringer of the Bombers.
Camera IconJudd McVee of the Demons is tackled by Jake Stringer of the Bombers. Credit: Sarah Reed/AFL Photos/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Geraldton’s Judd McVee has impressed in his opening five games at AFL level, with Melbourne offering him a two-year contract extension on Friday.

McVee, who was pick 18 in the rookie draft in 2021, had to bide his time until he could break into the side, putting together a solid body of work, including a premiership in the VFL.

Judd McVee at Optus Stadium after Melbourne's win against West Coast.
Camera IconJudd McVee at Optus Stadium after Melbourne's win against West Coast. Credit: Melbourne Football Club

Now the young defender will remain a Demon until at least the end of 2025 following his debut in Round 1 this year at the MCG.

He has gone on to play every game since, averaging 14 disposals and 173.3 metres gained so far this season and impressing with his composure across the back half.

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Melbourne list manager Tim Lamb praised the hard-working Demon and his recommitment to the club.

“Judd has shown everyone in the early part of this season that he is a very talented player, who has a really bright future in the game,” Lamb said.

“His rapid development is a credit to his hard work and everyone involved in our football program.

“It is wonderful to have him committed to us until at least the end of 2025 and we are sure, with his terrific work ethic, we will see him continue to improve over this time.”

Following their shock loss to Essendon on the weekend, the Demons will next face Richmond on Monday, April 24.

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