MELBOURNE AFL Senior Coach Simon Goodwin will remain at the helm until at least the end of 2026, having agreed to a two-year contract extension with the club.

Goodwin, who was already locked in until the end of the 2024 season, put pen to paper on the new deal this week, which will take him through to a decade in the top position.

The Demons’ CEO Gary Pert announced the exciting news to AFL players and football staff on Wednesday, with the group thrilled by the extension of their leader.

Pert reiterated the broader club’s delight in securing Goodwin's services on the eve of a third-consecutive AFL Finals appearance.

“Simon is a passionate, dedicated Melbourne person, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him leading our AFL team for the next three years,” Pert said.

His care and commitment, to not only his players and coaches but the broader club, is unwavering. Since arriving in 2014, Simon has developed incredibly strong relationships and fostered a culture our people feel proud to be part of. He truly embodies the Demon Spirit.

“Simon has taken our club to great heights, but it is his focus on continual improvement that is most impressive. He is steadfast in his pursuit of delivering our members and supporters more success.

“We look forward to seeing what he and the team can achieve this season, and in the years to come.”

Goodwin first joined the Demons as an assistant coach in 2014 before taking the reins in 2017.

He has since coached 156 games, with the opportunity to extend his time in the red and blue an honour.

“It’s an absolute privilege to coach this club,” Goodwin said.

I’ve said it from the time I walked through the door; we are an incredibly proud club, with such great history, and I feel blessed to be able to do this job.

“It takes so many great people to make a football club, from players to staff, to CEO and Board, to members and supporters. It’s everyone, connected and aligned, and I’m just lucky enough to be steering the ship.”

In his fifth season at the helm, Goodwin was named the AFL Coaches Association Coach of the Year and led Melbourne to an historic drought-breaking premiership.

The 46-year-old has secured a top-four finish in the two seasons since, with the club hoping to add to its successes in 2023.