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Saints “not in any rush” as contract talks with key youngster continue on


Mattaes Phillipou is the only player left from the top 10 of his draft class yet to re-sign, but the Saints aren’t too concerned.

The teenager was the youngest player taken in the 2022 National Draft, but has been a fixture in Ross Lyon’s side from day one.

Executive General Manager of Football Dave Misson is happy with where things sit with the South Australian youngster.

“We’re pretty comfortable with where it is at in terms of ongoing conversations,” he told SEN’s Sportsday.

“I can’t give you a scoop tonight, but we’re comfortable with the conversations and we’re that for him and us.

“We’re not in any rush really. He’s a player who is really important to us and hopefully it’ll get done when both parties are ready.”

Phillipou has played 29 career games for the Saints. He has averaged 13.6 disposals and 3.8 tackles per game in 2024.

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