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Goddard, Montagna re-sign with Saints

11/12/2009 07:44:52 PM Comments (0)

Brendon Goddard was always going to re-sign with St Kilda, just as he played out the AFL grand final with a broken nose and fractured collarbone.

As he explains it, these are straight-forward decisions.

Goddard and Montagna were rewarded after their All-Australian seasons with revised contracts that will take them through to the end of 2012.

The pair sat alongside coach Ross Lyon on Friday to announce the contract extensions, two rare media appearances by Saints players in the wake of the narrow grand final loss to Geelong.

Goddard suffered the broken nose in a collision with a team-mate during the grand final and then hurt his shoulder later in the match, but kept playing.

"It might be a bit harsh, but I probably expect other blokes to do it as well," he said.

"That's just the price you pay - I didn't see it as a big deal.

"If I couldn't go on or at least didn't try to, I guess I wouldn't be able to look at myself in the mirror and say I'd given my all."

Likewise, it was a clear decision for Goddard (137 games) and Montagna (122) to commit again to their only AFL club.

The extensions make it most likely they will end their careers as one-team players.

"(It's) providing some stability, personally, but I don't see myself playing anywhere else in the next five, six, seven years - hopefully, I'm a Saint for life," Goddard said.

He had three operations in the off-season, but decided against repairing his nose.

"I could always do with a new nose," Goddard joked.

Lyon is rapt with the physical state of the players at the start of pre-season training and Montagna said the Saints are determined to build on their outstanding season.

"The playing group have come back this year in really good condition, losing the grand final will drive all the players this year and make us hungrier," he said.

"You can already see it, in the way the guys are going about their training, that everybody is determined to go one step better this year.

"Every individual player is self-driven and self-motivated and that's what has made us successful.

"Every player has taken it upon himself to get in the best condition and know if they come back in good shape, it gives us our best chance of going well next year."

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