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George signs on for four years
06/07/2019 2:39 AM ET

The Melbourne Aces Baseball Club have agreed to terms with star infielder and 2018/19 MVP Darryl George, on a new 4-year contract heading into the 2019/20 season.

It's believed the 4-year deal with the Aces is the longest multi-year deal signed in the ABL's History. An amazing effort for a local boy to play with his ABL club for what could be his entire professional baseball career, "I'm a Melbourne boy born and bred and I live just 15 minutes from the stadium. It would be a fairy-tale for me to stay with the club till the end. It's an absolute pleasure to play in my home town, and for all intent and purposes I am a one club man that's for sure."

Coming into his ninth season with the Aces, George says one of the main reasons he re-signed with the club was to have stability around his game heading into an Olympic year in Tokyo 2020. "It takes a lot of pressure off you, and it's like a weight off your shoulders really, knowing that your locked into something and it's going to be really steady and not year by year, or something like that. It's good, It's awesome."

Aces General Manager Justin Huber says he is excited to have a player of the calibre of Darryl George re-commit to the franchise, "There isn't a team in the ABL that wouldn't want a player like Darryl on their roster, so to have him once again re-sign with the Aces and head into his 9th season with us is a massive win for the team."

Huber believes the Melbourne Aces fans have seen Darryl grow from a raw and exciting 18yo to one of the most consistent players and in-fielders in the ABL. "After a breakout year in the 17/18 season, Darryl went on to finish last season in the top 10 ABL hitters. We look forward to seeing him continue that form for this year and beyond. One team players like Darryl are hard to find.

Manager Jon Deeble praised the work of the clubs administration in securing a star player like George to a long term deal. "There is no doubt Darryl could play professional Baseball at any one of the ABL clubs or plenty of other professional clubs around the world, but the fact he has chosen to re-sign for a 4 year period is a credit to the vision and hard work of the clubs new administration and coaching team in making sure Darryl sees his future at the Aces."

With the new administration of the Aces just 2 days old, George says he is looking forward to the Melbourne Aces having a bright future, " It's fantastic news and you couldn't ask for anyone better than this group of owners who are invested in the game, the culture and the people within it. So, it's going to be really exciting with these guys to see what they are going to do and which direction they are going to take it."

The 2019/20 ABL schedule is set to be announced shortly, but in the meantime Melbourne Aces supporters can secure Memberships and prime seats for the season ahead by calling the Melbourne Aces office on 03 8360 9371


This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.