With two All-Australian jackets and two Trevor Barker Awards already in hand, Jack Steele can now add a new five-year deal to the list of accomplishments recognising his stellar on-field efforts, committing to the club until the end of 2027.
The 26-year-old has been the backbone of the club since emerging as a premier midfielder of the competition in 2020.
His high standing in the competition was also reflected in his placing at last year’s Brownlow Medal count (equal-fifth), AFL Coaches’ Association Champion Player of the Year (fourth) and AFL Players’ Association Most Courageous Player Award (first).
Steele also assumed the St Kilda co-captaincy last year alongside Jarryn Geary in his first official leadership role, skippering the side solo for 19 matches in 2021.
“I’m so proud to make this commitment to the Saints,” Steele said.
“I know what really counts is what happens when we run back onto Marvel for Round 1 next year and I believe in the group we have and the direction we’re heading.
“No matter what the season throws at us, I can guarantee that I will do everything I can to get myself and my teammates in the best position to bring home the ultimate prize for our loyal fans and members.”
Head of List Management James Gallagher said Steele’s signature was emblematic of the commitment the current playing group holds for the journey they’re on.
“We’re very happy to have Jack recommit to the club long-term,” Gallagher said.
“Jack is universally admired by his teammates, coaches and St Kilda supporters, and it’s not hard to see why.
“He’s the ultimate competitor, Steeley. In addition to his enormous output each week, he sets a wonderful example to our playing group with his professionalism and willingness to place the needs of the team above his own.
“We’re excited to see what Jack is capable of over the next six seasons, and wish him all the best for the years ahead.”
Senior Coach Brett Ratten echoed Gallagher’s sentiments, lauding Steele’s ability to just dig in and get the job done.
“Jack is the type of person who always gives everything he has,” Ratten said.
“Whether it’s during a game, out at training or helping out a teammate off the field, he never hesitates to share his knowledge and time, with the main aim of making us better as a collective.
“As a coach, I couldn’t ask for much more from a player. We’re really lucky and proud to have him commit to the club long-term and I’m sure all Saints fans feel the same.”