Christian Petracca to become AFL’s $6m man with monster contract move

Christian Petracca has reportedly agreed to a mammoth $6 million contract extension with the Melbourne Demons, keeping him at the club through to 2029.

On Tuesday evening, Channel 7’s Tom Browne reported the 25-year-old was on the verge of putting pen to paper on a seven-year deal worth approximately $900,000-a-year.

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Petracca’s current deal expires at the end of the 2022 season, at which point he would have become a restricted free agent.

“A massive coup for Melbourne, a huge vote of confidence in the future of the club,” Browne told 7 News. “Petracca is next season’s highest-profile free agent — so many clubs are after him.

“A landmark deal is now imminent.”

According to Fox Sports reporter Tom Morris, the Demons will officially announce the contract extension on Wednesday.

Christian Petracca of the Demons.Source:Getty Images

Petracca has played 109 games since making his AFL debut in 2016, booting 102 goals for the Demons.

He was Melbourne’s leading goal-kicker in 2019, becoming an All-Australian for the first time last year.

Petracca has hit a new level this season, averaging 29 disposals and 7.3 inside 50s per game, putting him in the frame as a genuine contender to secure the coveted Brownlow Medal.

The Demons remain undefeated in 2021 after seven rounds — they next face the Sydney Swans at the MCG on Saturday evening.

“It just shows the brilliant start to their season, and what it has meant,” footy presenter Gerard Whateley told Fox Footy’s AFL 360 on Tuesday evening.

“They’ve answered all of their long-term questions in their first seven weeks.”

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