Contract extension for Saints' Dawson
Jon PierikNovember 12, 2010
ST KILDA has handed full-back Zac Dawson a new one-year contract, with hopes a long-term extension will be brokered early next year.
Dawson, 24, has emerged as a key part of the Saints' back line since joining the club last year.
The former Hawk played 23 matches in 2009 and 20 this year, including both grand finals.
His manager Marty Pask confirmed the new contract yesterday.
''He has certainly shown that he can play key position,'' Pask said.
''Full-backs don't grow on trees. He certainly played pretty well, certainly in those two grand finals.
''He is very excited and thanks St Kilda for the opportunity.
''They have shown great faith in him, hopefully he can stay at St Kilda for quite some time.''
Dawson rarely gives interviews but has credited his revival to the belief Saints coach Ross Lyon has shown in him.
Taken with pick 41 in the 2003 national draft, Dawson played 14 matches for the Hawks but was cut after the 2008 season.
Meanwhile, Western Bulldogs small forward Andrew Hooper, who made his debut in the semi-final win over Sydney, has signed a two-year contract.
Hooper had five possessions and kicked a goal when he became the first player in 25 years to make his debut in a final. He was dropped for the preliminary final against St Kilda.
He had a strong year with Williamstown and, with his elevation to the senior list, the Dogs hope he can play a valuable role in a new-look forward line next season that will be missing Mitch Hahn and Brad Johnson.
Former Collingwood forward Jack Anthony is set to join Fremantle via the pre-season draft.
The Dockers have confirmed Anthony, who played 43 matches for the Magpies before quitting last weekend, will begin training with the club on Monday.
Carlton and the Gold Coast had also expressed interest in the 22-year-old.
Anthony's arrival could help counter the defection of Chris Tarrant, who has returned to the Magpies.