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Acres to cover new ground after re-signing with the Saints

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Debutant, Blake Acres of the Saints in action during the 2014 AFL round 07 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the St Kilda Saints at the MCG, Melbourne on May 03, 2014. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Blake Acres has signed a new three-year deal with the Saints
YOUNG St Kilda midfielder Blake Acres has made a long-term commitment to the Saints after just three games, signing a contract extension that will tie him to the club for the next four years.

Acres impressed in a brief spell at senior level mid-season before ankle and quad injuries ruled him out for all but two VFL matches.

The 18-year-old, who was contracted for 2015, has signed a three-year extension as part of the Saints' 'Future Fest', which has seen key youngsters including Luke Dunstan and Jack Newnes extend their contracts.

Half-back Jimmy Webster committed to the club until the end of 2017 on Monday.

Acres' extension is important for the Saints, who view the young West Australian as a key part of the club's future, comparing his versatility to former St Kilda star Brendon Goddard.  

The 190cm utility said moving away from friends and family had initially been difficult, but he was happy at St Kilda.

"This is a big commitment, but the club has been great," Acres told the club's website.

"As I said before, it's just like home.

"We've signed up a lot of the young guys recently, so they are showing they're committed to us and we need to show we're committed to them.

"Everyone can see that a few years down the track, we are going to be a really competitive side."

Young star Jack Billings is expected to announce a contract extension in the coming days, with rookies Mav Weller and Eli Templeton also expected to earn senior list contracts.