Dee re-signs on monster deal, Hardwick admits he ‘overstepped the mark’ with VFL spray



Melbourne premiership star Angus Brayshaw has resisted the lure of free agency, signing a massive six-year deal to remain at the Demons.

Brayshaw, 26, had been heavily linked to a number of rival clubs, including brother Andrew’s Fremantle, but will now remain in red and blue until at least 2032.

It’s a significant coup for the Demons, who can now turn attention to re-signing young star Luke Jackson amid significant interest from Western Australian clubs the Dockers and West Coast.

“Angus is a leader of our club and to have him commit long term is a brilliant result,” Melbourne list manager Tim Lamb said in a statement on Thursday morning.

“His talent is obvious to all and his willingness to put the team first and play whatever role we need him to is a testament to his character.

“This signing is another great endorsement for the culture we have created and we know Angus will continue to drive standards within the group.”

Brayshaw’s move from an inside midfielder to a defensive wingman made him an unsung but crucial contributor to the Demons’ drought-breaking flag last year.

Then switched to half-back this year, the versatile star has again excelled, averaging 25 disposals to thrust his name firmly into the All Australian mix.

Brayshaw joins fellow 2014 draftee Christian Petracca (2029) and Clayton Oliver (2030) as other star Dees to sign long-term contracts to remain with the club.

Angus Brayshaw of the Demons kicks on goal

(Photo by Will Russell/AFL Photos/Getty Images)

Tiger born and bread: Baker re-commits to Richmond

Richmond dual premiership player Liam Baker has signed a two-year contract, tying him to Punt Road until the end of 2024.

Baker, who has become a crucial contributor across the ground for the Tigers since playing in the 2019 and 2020 flags, had been courted by the West Coast about a return home to his native Western Australia.

“Liam has worked extremely hard since coming to the Club as a rookie selection from Western Australia and has been rewarded with individual and team success,” Tigers football general manager Blair Hartley said in a statement.

“We look forward to watching Liam continue to grow as a footballer, leader, and person across the next two years and beyond.”

Baker finished second in the Tigers’ best and fairest last season, and looks set to chalk up his 100th game for the club midway through next year.

His signing is some badly needed good news for the Tigers, with premiership hero Kane Lambert announcing his retirement earlier in the week due to an unshakeable hip problem.

‘I’ve got to be better’: Hardwick apologises for VFL outburst

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has admitted he ‘overstepped the mark’ with his sledge of Williamstown players during the Tigers’ VFL match on the weekend.

Hardwick was alleged to have called several Seagulls ‘weak f—ing pricks’ following an incident with Tigers player Rhyan Mansell.

Speaking to the media on Thursday morning, Hardwick acknowledged his tirade went too far.

“I understand in my position I’ve got to be better than that,” he said.

“I’ve got to be probably judged to a higher standard, and I understand that.

“I am human… I’m going to make mistakes and there’s no doubt that I overstepped the mark.

“The reality is I’m very passionate about my players and always have been and always will be,” Hardwick said.

“But as I said, I made a mistake, and the reality is I’m going to make mistakes going forward.

“Hopefully not too many, but I’ll always defend my players, you guys know that.

“I probably didn’t need to lean over the fence and yell but that’s me… what makes me good makes me bad.”

The AFL has since launched an investigation, but it is unclear whether Hardwick will face sanction.

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