MELBOURNE has secured the services of key forward Sam Weideman, with the 24-year-old putting pen to paper on a new two-year deal with the club.

Weideman has played 49 matches in the red and blue across six seasons, including five in 2021. 

Despite being unable to cement a spot in Melbourne’s AFL side throughout the year, Weideman displayed solid form in the VFL and has remained right in the mix of those players knocking on the door for selection. 

Melbourne List Manager Tim Lamb said Weideman’s new deal highlights the respect and confidence everyone at the club has in the young forward.

"We are excited that Sam has committed to the club for the next two seasons. Whilst at times this year has been frustrating for him personally, Sam has not wavered in his attitude and application,” Lamb told Melbourne Media.

“He is a terrific young man who is much loved and respected by everyone at the club. 

“His talent is undoubted and at only 24 years of age, we are really confident that his best football is ahead of him.”

In speaking of the new deal, Weideman said he was over the moon to remain in the red and blue.

“I’m rapt to be able to stay at the club and to hopefully be a part of a successful future is huge for me,” Weideman said.

“The last two weeks have been some of the more enjoyable I’ve had in footy and to be able to be part of a grand final build up has been a great experience.

“I love the boys, I love the club and it’s a great place to be.”