FORMER Harrow footballer Michael Close has signed a three-year contract extension with the Brisbane Lions.
The key forward’s new contract was announced on Tuesday and ties him to the club until the end of the 2017 season.
Close made his debut for the Lions this season after being drafted in 2012.
He said the Lions had shown faith in him by offering the extension after only three appearances at AFL level.
“It’s a big thing in my life to be able to sign a three-year deal with the club because I think we’re in good shape going forward,” he said.
“There’s been plenty of faith shown by them, which is great from my end, and I think we have a really good relationship.”
Close said there was a minor hold-up in his contract talks after former Lions list and talent manager Rob Kerr departed for Essendon this month.
But Close and the club quickly resumed talks and reached an agreement.
He is one of several young Brisbane players to recommit to the club this year, after a player exodus rocked the club during summer.
Brisbane general manager of football operations Dean Warren said the club was pleased to extend Close’s contract.
“Michael is a really important part of the future of our football club and it’s great to secure his services for a further three years,” he said.
“Key position players are a very sought-after prospect these days and we are very confident Michael will continue to develop his game and fill a key forward role in the years to come.”