Macmillan gets two more years with Kangaroos

January 06, 2015 11:28:08 UK

North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow.

North Melbourne have handed defender Jamie Macmillan a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the club until the end of 2017.

It is a boost for the 23-year-old, who suffered two injuries last season that restricted him to just six games.

Macmillan broke his leg in Round 3 against Port Adelaide and was out of the team for almost five months.

The former Oakleigh Chargers player had been told he could be playing again in just six weeks, but his injury took much longer to heal than expected.

He returned for the win against Melbourne in Round 23, but then injured his hamstring in the Kangaroos’ semi-final against Geelong.

North Melbourne are 12.00 to win the 2015 Grand Final and 2.85 to finish in the AFL top four.

Macmillan, who has played 64 games in five seasons for North Melbourne, said: “I thought I’d just get in this year and play some more footy. It all happened pretty quickly, but I’m rapt to get it done.”

The 188cm backman will bid to re-establish himself in the team at the start of the season, though he faces stiff competition from the likes of Aaron Mullett, Luke McDonald and Shaun Higgins.

“The pressure is on for spots and we know that,” said Macmillan, who has completed every training session so far. “So everyone’s putting their best foot forward (at training) and every contest counts.”

The Kangaroos have more competition for places in 2015 following their off-season signings of Shaun Higgins and Jarrad Waite.

Macmillan said the pair had settled in really well at Arden Street. He added: “I’ve played on both of them and I think they’ll be real assets to us and give us a little bit of something else up forward, which will be good and hopefully carry us one step further than we went last year.”

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