Seb Ross to stick with St Kilda until at least 2021

NEW DEAL: Seb Ross had one year left on his St Kilda contract but signed a three-year extension that will see him stay at the club until the end of the 2021 season.
NEW DEAL: Seb Ross had one year left on his St Kilda contract but signed a three-year extension that will see him stay at the club until the end of the 2021 season.

Horsham’s Seb Ross has signed a three-year contract extension with St Kilda which will see him stay at the club until at least the end of 2021.

Ross put pen to paper on the three-year extension a little over a week after winning the Trevor Barker award as the club’s best and fairest for 2017.

He told the saints.com.au his decision was made simple because it was fuelled by his love of the club and his excitement for what the future holds.

“The Saints took a chance on me as a young 18-year-old,” he said. “There were a few guys picked from our draft so I’ve grown up with those guys for the past six years. It’s a really exciting time. We’ve got a few young stars coming through and I think we’re on the way up.”

The announcement follows the re-signing of senior coach Alan Richardson, important defender Dylan Roberton and utility Blake Acres since the end of the AFL season.

Ross said the re-signing of Richardson was another factor in his decision to commit long-term.

“He is someone who has installed a lot of belief in me to help me become the player I want to be,” he said. “I love playing under him.”

Chief Operating Officer Ameet Bains said Ross had elevated his game to a new level this season.

“Seb was elected to our leadership group this year and relished the responsibility that comes with that,” he said.

“He is one of the hardest workers at the football club and someone who sets an example for his teammates to follow both during the week and in his performance on match-day.”

The contract extension caps off Ross’ best season to date as he finished the season ranked ninth in the league for possessions.

The 24-year-old was named in the 40-man All Australian squad and placed ninth in the AFL Coaches Association Player of the Year Award Ross has played 81 matches since being drafted to the Saints with pick 25 in the 2011 National Draft.