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Kreuzer stays a Blue: Free agent inks new deal

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 1: Matthew Kreuzer of the Blues is seen with a black eye during the 2015 AFL round 18 match between the Carlton Blues and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia on August 1, 2015. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Matthew Kreuzer has turned his back on free agency and re-signed with Carlton

ANOTHER big free agent piece has fallen, with Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer putting months of speculation behind him to re-sign with the Blues for a further two seasons.

The 26-year-old was a restricted free agent but has inked a deal that will keep him at Carlton until the end of 2017.

It comes just days after Adelaide's Patrick Dangerfield decided to exercise his free agent option and ask to leave the Crows.

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"There are good times ahead for us and I want to be a big part of restoring us as a successful club," Kreuzer said. 

"Although this has been a challenging year for the club, I'm confident that the club's plan, along with a lot of hard work and sacrifice from everyone, will take us to where we all want to be in time. 

"I'm really excited to be part of it."

Kreuzer said he was looking forward to showing what he could do under newly appointed coach Brendon Bolton.

The ruckman was drafted by the Blues with pick No.1 in the 2007 NAB AFL Draft and has played 119 games in eight years.

After missing the first two months of this season with a foot injury, Kreuzer showed some of his best form to close out the season.

"Matthew is heart and soul, and we are rapt that we've got the deal done," Carlton's head of football Andrew McKay said. 

"We really value his experience and leadership – this year in particular he has got some continuity back in his game, and shown the world how much of a talent he really is.

"Our strategy to grow and develop our list has been about getting the right people in the right places. Re-signing Matthew is another step in the right direction."