TOUGH Melbourne midfielder Jack Viney has turned his back on free agency to remain a one-club player.

The former co-captain has signed a five-year deal with the club, taking him through until the end of the 2025 season.

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Viney had been linked to Geelong.

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Melbourne's football operations manager Josh Mahoney says Viney's decision to re-commit shows great belief in the direction of the football club.

"By signing a long-term deal, Jack has shown belief in his teammates, his coaches and the club, which is exciting for everyone," Mahoney said on Melbourne's website.

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"Jack is a passionate Melbourne person and player and has been since day one. He is a man of great integrity, who really drives standards among the playing group.

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"At just 26, we think his best footy is still in front of him. We look forward to him building on his great contribution to the game, as a Demon."

Viney finished third in the club's best and fairest voting in 2020 after winning the award in 2016.

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The 26-year-old averaged just a tick under 20 disposals across his 16 matches this season.