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Promotion and new deal for Demons defender Josh Wagner

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17: Josh Wagner of the Demons handpasses the ball during the 2016 AFL Round 04 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Melbourne Demons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on April 17, 2016. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Josh Wagner has signed a new two-year deal

MELBOURNE has defender Josh Wagner has been promoted to the senior list and has signed a two-year contract extension.

The 22-year-old played 14 matches in his first season after being selected with the sixth pick in last year's NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

The Demons will have just two live selections – with picks 47 and 69 – at next month's national draft providing they don't make any more changes to their list on Monday.

Wagner, whose older brother Corey plays for North Melbourne, made a strong impression for the Demons as a rebounding defender.

He made his AFL debut for the Demons in their five-point loss to the Kangaroos in round three at Blundstone Arena.

Wagner enjoyed a solid first season, averaging 17.6 possessions, 3.6 tackles and 3.4 marks per game.

The highlight was in round seven when he had a season-high 25 disposals to go with five tackles in a 73-point win against Gold Coast.

Wagner played for Aspley in the NEAFL before the medium-sized defender attracted the interest of the Demons.

The retention of Wagner continues a successful and busy off-season for the Demons.

They secured Hawthorn champion Jordan Lewis on a three-year deal during the NAB AFL Trade Period, along with Essendon defender Michael Hibberd and Pat McKenna from Greater Western Sydney.