KEY defender Steven May has put pen to paper on a new deal which will see him remain a Melbourne player until at least the end of 2025.

May, who is on the eve of his fifth season in the red and blue, agreed to the two-year extension on Friday afternoon, in a move set to excite Dees fans far and wide.

Arriving at the club in late 2018, the 31-year-old has since played 70 games and become an integral cog to the Demons’ back six, leading from the front with his formidable defence.

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Melbourne List Manager Tim Lamb said the club was thrilled to formalise a fresh deal with the two-time All Australian.

“We are extremely happy that we have been able to extend Steven’s contract for a further two years,” Lamb told Melbourne Media.

“Steven is an incredible asset for us. He has become a key pillar of our team structure and, with his high-level footy IQ, is continuing to push his own boundaries while helping develop those around him.

“We look forward to what Steven can bring to the team over these next three seasons.”

May, a proud Larrakia man, joined the Demons during the 2018 AFL Trade Period, making the move from the Gold Coast SUNS where he was first drafted eight years prior.

The No.1’s efforts were recognised with a third-place finish in Melbourne’s best and fairest last year, while he also took home the runner-up trophy in 2020.  He has also been named in the All Australian team for the past two seasons.

With 193 senior games to his name, this season will mark May’s 13th at the top level.