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.