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McMahon an Eagle for life

Newtown & Chilwell captain Matt McMahon in action. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

THREE-time Mathieson medallist Matt McMahon will start pre-season training unhindered after overcoming an Achilles injury that ended his 2019 season prematurely and would have impacted his ability to train this year.

McMahon, who has signed a two-year contract extension with Newtown & Chilwell, joked that the only restriction he may have this Summer is being placed in the over-30s group.

“My body is 100 per cent fine right now,” the veteran of 210 games said.

“Fingers crossed it stays that way.”

McMahon, who turns 31 in December, had no hesitation in putting pen to paper when the new deal was put forward by president Shaun McWilliam and coach Damien McMahon.

He is keen to have the ultimate team success before calling time on his career, with Newtown & Chilwell coming up 35 years since winning its most recent GFL premiership.

“It’s been my dream forever growing up at Newtown,” McMahon said. “I wouldn’t be signing a two-year contract if the right people weren’t in the right jobs at the club.

“You’ve got Shaun as president as ‘Macca’ as coach; I couldn’t be happier with those two taking us forward.

“While they’re around, I’m sure we’re heading in the right direction.

“I know everyone around the place is really excited and pretty bullish about what we can achieve over the next couple of years.”

McMahon is unsure whether this deal will see him out, with him turning 33 in the December of 2022.

“I haven’t looked too far ahead, but I don’t think I’ll have too many in me after that,” he said.

“A bit of thought had to go into two years because I’m at the back end of my career.”

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