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Saints extend young duo with new deals

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ST KILDA has extended the contracts of two of its young players, with Ben Paton and Oscar Clavarino both now tied to the club until the end of 2020.

The duo’s contracts expired at the end of 2019 but were offered an additional year each. 

Midfielder Paton made his debut this year, playing the last three games of the season, while key defender Clavarino is yet to play his first game at the top level.

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"Both boys have really applied themselves since being drafted (in 2017) and their progress has been obvious," St Kilda general manager of football Simon Lethlean said. 

"Ben’s debut in round 21 was a clear indicator of where we think he’s at and it’s a credit to him that he maintained his spot in the senior side. 

"Oscar is coming along nicely, but as a bigger-bodied defender, will take a bit more time. 

"He’s got a good head on his shoulders and I have no doubt that with another pre-season under his belt he’ll be banging the door down for his debut next season."