LAST year's No.3 draft pick Angus Brayshaw has re-committed to Melbourne until the end of 2018, before playing his first AFL game.
Brayshaw was contracted to the Demons to the end of 2016 after signing a standard two-year deal upon being drafted.
However, the 19-year-old has agreed to terms on a two-year extension that will bind him to Melbourne for the next four seasons.
The son of AFL Coaches Association chief executive and former North Melbourne player Mark Brayshaw, the hard-nosed midfielder is a prolific ball-winner who is equally damaging at stoppages and in open space.
Brayshaw shapes as a key member of Melbourne's emerging batch of young midfielders, alongside Dom Tyson, Jack Viney, Christian Salem and Christian Petracca, and his importance can only increase this season with Petracca out for the year with an ACL tear.
The club's football operations manager, Josh Mahoney, said Brayshaw’s signature was an important one for the club.
“We’re very pleased that Angus has agreed to a further extension to his current contract,” he said.
“In the time he’s been at the club, he’s shown the reasons why our recruiting staff rated him so highly.
“We think he’s going to become a very important player in the midfield for us in the future.”