THE GOOD news continues for Kysaiah Pickett this week, as the Round 11 NAB Rising Star nominee has signed a contract extension with the Demons.
Pickett was initially recruited on a two-year deal after joining Melbourne as a first-round draft pick in 2019, but he has agreed to terms which will see him remain at the club for the next three seasons.
The contract cements Pickett’s place in the red and blue until at least the end of 2023, following a standout debut year to date.
“This is exciting news for the club to extend Kozzy,” GM of Football Josh Mahoney told Melbourne Media.
“He has settled in well and already shown glimpses of the talent that our recruiting staff identified, and we look forward to his continued development.”
At just 19 years of age, it hasn’t taken long for Pickett to adapt to AFL level, playing eight of a possible 10 games so far and booting five goals for his side.
The small forward is a high-pressure player who adds a spark to his team and doesn’t need to get a lot of the ball to have an impact.
Pickett, who was born in South Australia and raised in Western Australia, has thrived at Melbourne so far, and will play an important role in the Dees’ push towards the top eight in the back half of the year.
The nephew of both Neville Jetta and Byron Pickett will continue his family’s legacy at the club and is sure to be an exciting talent to watch grow over the coming years.