Sport AFL Paul Roos signs up for third year with Demons

Paul Roos signs up for third year with Demons

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Melbourne coach Paul Roos, who has been widely credited with turning the fortunes of the club around this season, has signed on for a third year with the nation’s oldest football club.

In a statement released on Monday afternoon, Melboure said Roos would coach the side until the end of the 2016 season.

Roos, who was appointed Melbourne coach in  September last year, initially agreed to a two-year deal, with an option for a third season.

But the former Sydney premiership coach has told the club that he will take up a third year, which will provide Melbourne, its players and sponsors much needed stability.

The club’s statement said: “The news will be a welcome relief for everyone who bleeds red and blue, given the significant improvement he has overseen at the club this year.

“Roos inherited a team that had won just two matches in 2013 – statistically it was Melbourne’s fifth worse season in VFL/AFL history since 1897.

“The team also had a percentage of 54.1 last year.

“Roos said his immediate goal was to lift that percentage, which has improved to 73 so far in 2014.

“The Demons have also won four matches and been competitive in most matches this season, dropping six by 20 points or fewer.

“It’s a far better scenario than 2013, when the Dees lost 12 matches by 10 goals or more.”

Roos played 356 games with Fitzroy and the Swans.