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Improving Melksham set to extend contract

Jake Melksham of the Bombers looks on during the 2013 AFL Round 18 match between the Essendon Bombers and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on July 26, 2013. (Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/AFL Media)
Jake Melksham is set to extend his contract with the Bombers until the end of 2015

ESSENDON midfielder Jake Melksham has shown his faith in the embattled club, agreeing to a new two-year deal.

Melksham is in career-best form and AFL.com.au understands the young Bomber midfielder has extended his stay at the club until the end of 2015.

The Dons confirmed AFL.com.au's report on Friday morning

Melksham's commitment is important for the under-siege Bombers as they face their off-field crisis.

Despite the turmoil, Melksham has been one of Essendon’s most consistent players this season.

Melksham, who turns 22 next week, was omitted for the round five blockbuster against Collingwood but fought his way back into the team, and turned in a match-winning effort against Carlton in round 11 with three goals (including the sealer) and 21 disposals.

Since then he has grown into his position, and was the Bombers' best player last week against North Melbourne with three goals and 19 disposals.

After the loss to the Kangaroos, coach James Hird commended Melksham.

"We dropped him for Anzac Day which really upset him and he put his mind to working on his football," Hird said.

"Since that time he’s come back in some really good form."

Melksham has played 78 games since being selected with pick 10 at the 2009 NAB AFL Draft via the Calder Cannons.

He joins the likes of captain Jobe Watson, Dyson Heppell and Jake Carlisle as Bombers to re-sign with the club this year.

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