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Pedersen inks new one-year deal

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: Cameron Pedersen of the Demons celebrates a goal during the 2016 AFL Round 20 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 06, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: Cameron Pedersen of the Demons celebrates a goal during the 2016 AFL Round 20 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 06, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

TALL utility Cameron Pedersen has signed a new one-year contract with the club.

General manager of football operations Josh Mahoney said he had earned his new deal.

“Cam has proven to be a durable player, who has been able to perform at the level when required,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“As our young forwards continue to develop, Cam can play a role in assisting this next year.

“He deserves his new one-year extension.”

The 29-year-old has played 61 AFL matches, including 16 for North Melbourne from 2011-12 and 45 for Melbourne from 2013-16.

Pedersen has shown he can play up forward, down back and as a pinch-hitting ruckman during his career.

Originally from Mooroolbark, Pedersen played VFL for Box Hill Hawks, before becoming a rookie with North Melbourne.

He was then elevated to North Melbourne’s senior list, before crossing to Melbourne during the 2012 trade period.

His made a genuine impact in his second season at Melbourne and showed good form in 2015-16, despite suffering some injuries.

Overall, Pedersen’s versatility is an important part of the club’s squad.