St Kilda’s Tasmanian rebounding defender Jimmy Webster will be at the Saints until the end of 2019.
“The club has showed great faith in me since I was drafted in 2011 and I’m really excited about where we’re going as a group,” the Glenorchy product said on Tuesday after re-signing.
“Before I broke my hand against Carlton [in round eight] I was starting to string together some consistent footy and that will be my focus in the second half of the year, just to be more consistent.”
Webster paid tribute to captain to Jarryn Geary for giving him the confidence to take the game on this season.
“Gears been terrific for me and someone I’ve learnt a fair bit off over the past few years.
“He, and my coaches, have really encouraged me to back myself.”
St Kilda chief operating officer Ameet Bains said Webster’s signature was an important one.
“He has become a really important member of our defence and taken his game to a new level this season,’’ Bains said.
“Securing his services for another two years is an important step in the club consolidating its core group of emerging senior players.”
The 23-year-old, the 42nd pick in the 2011 national draft, has played 10 matches this season, averaging 19.4 touches and 4.2 marks a game.
This includes a career-best night against GWS at Etihad Stadium for the 60-game player in round seven when he collected 27 disposals.
He had 16 possessions and took four marks in Friday night’s win over North Melbourne.