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Nathan Jones will play in 2021, with Melbourne announcing new one-year deal for former Demons skipper

Contract extension means Jones remains on track to break the club’s all-time record, currently held by David Neitz (306 games)

« We had a few discussions with Nathan later in the year about next season, which mostly focused on how he felt he had more to give, we were keen to give him another contract, « said Josh Mahoney, director of football at Demons

« Nathan is bleeding red and blue and we’re so glad we extended him for a year

« Nathan has had a few physical challenges this year, but his development off the pitch and the impact he has on all players has never been stronger »

Jones’ future in Melbourne looked precarious at the end of 2020 when he missed the last three games of the season with a quad injury

« It’s just wonderful to have this locked up and be here for another two years. I will be able to end my life as a Bulldog, which has always been the goal

« I’m obviously getting older a bit now so I have to make sure I take care of my body and I’m really happy with the shape I’m in. Hope I can maintain that durability »

Wood was picked up by the Bulldogs with the 43 pick in the 2007 Draft before making his West Coast debut in 2009

He led the Dogs to the 2016 flag after a heartbreaking injury to skipper Bob Murphy earlier in the year

Wood was named full-time captain in 2018 after Murphy’s retirement before handing over the role to Marcus Bontempelli for 2020

The duo, who were part of the Tigers’ VFL flag in 2019, had not played for Richmond at the senior level

Both players were taken in the 2018 draft – Turner pick 58 and English pick 62

« We thank Luke and Fraser for their dedication and commitment over the past two seasons, » said Tigers general manager of football Blair Hartley

« Both boys played their part in our recent success and we wish them the best for the future »

Midfielders James Parsons and Jacob Kennerley, as well as rookie Blake Schlensog will not be in Geelong next season

Parsons made 35 appearances for Geelong after his debut in 2017, while Kennerley and Schlensog failed to make their senior debuts during their two years at the club

« James, Jacob and Blake all grew as players and people during their time at the club and we wish them well in their future endeavors, » said Simon Lloyd, Cats Football Manager

« Once a Geelong player, always a Geelong player and they will always be welcome at the club »

The decision to end the trio leaves 14 players still without a contract next season at the club

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