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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 07: Darren Minchington of the Saints in action during the 2016 AFL Round 20 match between the Carlton Blues and the St Kilda Saints at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 07, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Darren Minchington has signed a two-year contract extension

EMERGING forwards Darren Minchington and Nathan Wright have been rewarded for breakthrough 2016 seasons with new two-year deals at St Kilda.

Minchington, 22, had played just 10 games in his previous four seasons with the Saints heading into 2016, but managed 13 this year rotating between the forward line and midfield.

Wright, 22, struggled for opportunities in the first half of this season but after earning a recall in round 12 against Carlton missed just one more game for the year, impressing in a new role as a defensive forward.

St Kilda chief operating officer Ameet Bains said Wright and Minchington had taken encouraging strides in 2016.

"Nathan's committed approach to his training has seen him overcome injury and spend a greater amount of time in the seniors in 2016," Bains said.

"Nathan brought a real toughness to our forward line, with his move from defence clearly adding flexibility to our line-up.

"We were really happy with Darren's season and his improved form has seen him play a greater role in the senior side.

"We love his tackling pressure, he is dangerous around goals and he has shown some promising midfield play. I am sure our fans will enjoy watching him continue to develop in 2017 and beyond."

Wright was taken at pick No.24 in the 2012 NAB AFL Draft, his 10 senior games this year taking his career tally to 30. 

Minchington was selected at pick No.65 in the 2012 rookie draft and was elevated to the Saints' senior list at the end of 2014.

Both players are now tied to the Saints until the end of 2018.