Dee signs for monster deal again, Hardwick admits he ‘exceeded the limit’ with VFL spray

Melbourne premiership star Angus Brayshaw has resisted the temptation of free agency, signing a huge six-year deal to stay with the Demons.

Brayshaw, 26, was closely 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 major coup for the Demons, who can now turn their attention to the redraw of 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 committed for the long term is a brilliant result,” Melbourne list manager Tim Lamb said in a statement on Thursday morning.

“His talent is obvious to everyone 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 confirmation of the culture we have created and we know Angus will continue to drive standards within the group.”

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

He then switched to half-back this year, but the versatile star once again excelled, averaging 25 disposals to cement his name firmly in the All Australian mix.

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

Angus Brayshaw of the Demons kicks on goal

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

Tiger born and bread: Baker commits to Richmond again

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

Baker, who has made a pivotal contribution to the Tigers worldwide since he played in the 2019 and 2020 flags, had been courted by West Coast over a return to his native Western Australia.

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

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

Baker finished runner-up in the best and fairest of the Tigers last season, and looks set to make his 100th appearance for the club by the middle of next year.

His signing is much-needed good news for the Tigers as premiership hero Kane Lambert announced his retirement earlier this week due to an unwavering hip problem.

‘I should be better’: Hardwick apologizes for VFL outburst

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has admitted he ‘crossed the line’ with his sled of Williamstown players during the Tigers’ VFL game last weekend.

Hardwick is said to have called several Seagulls ‘weak cocks’ after an incident with Tigers player Rhyan Mansell.

In an interview with the media on Thursday morning, Hardwick acknowledged that his tirade went too far.

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

“I should probably be judged to a higher standard, and I understand that.

“I’m human… I’m going to make mistakes and there’s no doubt I’ve crossed the line.

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

“But like I said, I made a mistake and the reality is that I will make mistakes in the future.

“Hopefully not too much, but I will always defend my players, you know that.

“I probably didn’t have 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 sanctions.

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