Gwilt, 25, was recovering from a season ending injury that occurred in Round 17 against West Coast last year and did not see the field in AFL action this year until Round 9 against Sydney. His return has been a big boost for the Saints defence where he has arguably been one of the teams key players since last year.
“James’ re-signing is a positive for the club. Not only do we see James as a key part of our defensive structure, the strong character and leadership attributes that he brings to the playing list is an important factor as our group continues to evolve,” Watters said.
Originally recruited to the Saints with the 63rd pick of the 2004 Draft, Gwilt has played 86 games for the club.
His new deal adds two years to his contract, keeping him with the club through to the end of the 2014 season.
“I’m feeling pretty good, I know there’s a massive opportunity for us at the moment, as a group.”
James Gwilt and the Saints will play North Melbourne this Sunday afternoon at Etihad Stadium.
Photo taken by John O’Neill
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