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New deal for Pie in the sky Elliott

MRP decides, Magpie's new deal and more Matt Thompson with all the latest footy news.
Jamie Elliott of the Collingwood Magpies flies for a mark during the 2014 AFL Round 20 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Collingwood Magpies at Patersons Stadium, Perth on August 10, 2014. (Photo: Daniel Carson/AFL Media)
Jamie Elliott's high-flying has become a familiar sight to Magpies fans
It's basically my second family and I hold it really close to my heart … I just love it here
Jamie Elliott

COLLINGWOOD's promising start to the season has been boosted further with the key signing of star young forward Jamie Elliott.

Elliott, who was due to fall out of contract at the end of this season, has signed a three-year extension that will take him through until the end of 2018.

The Magpies are set to announce another re-signing when president Eddie McGuire speaks to the media at 1.30pm on Monday, with speculation that it is emerging defender Tom Langdon, who is also due to come out of contract at season's end.

Elliott's contract was to be ticked off on in March, but the process hit a snag after the high-flying forward changed management companies.

The new deal was agreed on early on Monday morning.

"I couldn't see myself anywhere else," Elliott said. 

"It's basically my second family and I hold it really close to my heart … I just love it here," he said. 

"When I first came here I was shy country kid and didn't really come out of myself, but now I am just so comfortable with where I'm at and playing footy how I used to play it." 

The 22-year-old has kicked nine goals this season and has been a key part of the Magpies' 4-1 start to the year.

"We've stuck to how Bucks wants us to play and if we continue to do that and continue to bring pressure to the game and fix up and tidy up a couple of things we're hopefully going to have a really good crack this year," Elliott said.

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire said there was a reason why Elliott had become so popular with the fans: "He plays the game the way we all wish we used to play it."

Elliott, from Euroa in north-east Victoria, has played 57 games in three seasons on Collingwood's list after being on-traded from Greater Western Sydney, along with Martin Clarke, in exchange for the Pies' No.25 pick in the 2011 NAB AFL Draft.

The Magpies also announced they had signed La Trobe Financial as a major sponsor with the club for three years.