Canberra defender inks new one-year contract

Canberra has re-signed defender Matt Vardanega on a one-year contract, keeping him at the Demons' until at least the end of 2020.


Vardanega's contract follows the re-signings of Jarrod Osborne, Alex Paech, Jonathan Spina and Riley Budd.

Matt Vardanega has re-signed with Canberra.

Recruited from the Queanbeyan Tigers in 2016, the versatile defender made his NEAFL debut in Round 1 of 2016 for the GWS GIANTS.


The 21-year-old played a further thirteen matches that year, before establishing himself as a regular member of Canberra’s line-up last season, playing 18 of 23 matches, including the club’s elimination final win over Sydney University.


The 186cm defender played every game in 2019, averaging 16.6 disposals, 5.1 marks and 4.6 intercepts.


"Deciding to stay in Canberra was a really easy decision," Vardanega said.


"Next year will be my fifth at the club and I’ve loved watching it evolve into what it is now.


"I want to be apart of continuing its growth and I can’t wait to see what the 2020 season will bring."


Canberra's General Manager of Football, Shaun Young, said he has been pleased with the progression of the key defender.


"It's great news for the club to re-sign Matt," Young said.


 "He's a really important player in our young and exciting defensive setup.


"He had a really strong and consistent season.


"We look forward to his continued development and leadership next season."

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