Josh Battle will call St Kilda home for at least the next two seasons, putting pen to paper on a new contract extension that will see him in Saints colours until the end of 2024.
The 23-year-old has pieced together a career-best season following a relocation to defence at the start of this year.
However despite increased time in the defensive half of the ground, Battle’s versatility has remained an important part of his game, playing a valuable pinch-hitting ruck role on a number of occasions throughout the year.
“We’re proud to have Josh sign with us for the next two seasons,” Head of List Management James Gallagher said.
“Josh is a hard-working, dedicated young man who plays his role for the team week-in week-out.
“He’s a fierce competitor on-field who is willing to put his body on the line, which has earned him a great deal of respect from his teammates.
“Since joining to the club at 17-years-old, Josh’s commitment to improve as a footballer and a person has been unwavering.
“His performances are a reflection of that commitment, plus a growing maturity that we have seen in Josh and a number of his teammates.
“We look forward to seeing more of Josh in the years ahead and hope to see his development continue to have an influence on those around him.”
Battle follows recent signees Dan Butler, Cooper Sharman, Ben Paton and long-term extensions Rowan Marshall, Jack Steele and Max King in recommitting to St Kilda.
After making his debut in 2017 while still in high school, Battle has played 75 senior matches in red, white and black.
Battle is one of just seven Saints players to line up for every game this season to-date.