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Blues' McKay signs seven-year AFL deal

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Carlton forward Harry McKay has committed his long-term future to the AFL club, signing a new seven-year contract.

The bumper deal will keep the 24-year-old at Ikon Park until 2030.

McKay joins fellow stars Charlie Curnow (six years) and Sam Walsh (four years) in signing fresh long-term deals at the Blues this year.

Club captain Patrick Cripps signed a six-year contract a year ago.

McKay had another year to run on his existing contract and would have been eligible for free agency.

But he has extended his deal early in a major boost for Carlton as they seek to break back into the finals under Michael Voss.

"It is a dream job playing footy but to do it with this group, where a lot of us have grown up together in a way, it makes this a unique and special environment to be part of," McKay said in a statement.

"To come to work every day as part of a group that has a clear vision of where we want to take our football club, that gives you every motivation you need as a player.

"Add to that the support we have from everyone at the club, as well as the most passionate supporter base in the country.

"All those reasons make it obvious why I wanted to commit long term, now the focus is putting ourselves in a position at the end of each season to make a real impact."

McKay was taken as an underage selection at pick No.10 in the 2015 draft.

The powerful 204cm marking target won the Coleman Medal with 58 goals in 2021 and kicked 45 this season as his partnership with Curnow flourished.