Nervous wait at an end for Mountford

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North Albany product Declan Mountford said it was a “massive relief” to get a one-year contract extension at North Melbourne after a nervous wait since the end of the season.

Drafted in 2015, the emerging midfielder played 12 games for the Kangaroos this year after spending his first season in the VFL.

The 20-year-old said he was glad to find out the good news last week.

“It was a massive relief to get the contract — it gives me some security for next year and now I can focus on a big pre-season,” he said.

“I would have preferred it to go through mid-season while we were still playing, but I’m just happy to be able to play at North Melbourne next year.”

Mountford said he believed the Kangaroos would continue to improve after finishing 15th last season.

“We’ve got a young list that’s still developing, but there is certainly a bright future ahead,” he said.

Kangaroos football manager Cameron Joyce praised Mountford’s work ethic.

“Declan has a great attitude and approach to his football and has improved significantly since arriving at Arden Street,” he said.

“We are very positive about Declan’s prospects and have no doubt that his determination and professionalism will hold him in good stead heading into next year.”

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