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MIDFIELDER Rupert Wills has scored a new two-year deal to extend his stay at Collingwood after an injury-plagued second season in the AFL.

The Magpies also confirmed Josh Thomas would be back for the 2018 season, as reported by AFL.com.au last week.

Wills, 24, was the first Collingwood VFL player to be drafted to the Pies' AFL team and a promising end to last year had him primed for an even bigger impact in 2017.

But a pre-season quad injury and further calf problems, which also affected him a year earlier, halted his progress and he added only one game – in round 18 – to the five he played last season.

Collingwood selected Wills, who has laid 48 tackles in his six matches, with the No.63 pick in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft.

Thomas managed nine senior games in his return to the game this year following a two-year anti-doping ban.

The 26-year-old Queenslander averaged 16.4 disposals and kicked six goals to do enough to earn himself another season in black and white.

Thomas, originally the No.75 selection in the 2009 NAB AFL Draft, has played 41 career games.

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