St Kilda have re-signed four experienced players as they look ahead to next season with Lenny Hayes having agreed to a new one-year deal, although Brendon Goddard's future remains unclear.
Hayes, Stephen Milne, Leigh Montagna and Sam Gilbert have all signed new contracts with the Saints in a boost to St Kilda's hopes in 2013 and beyond.
But Goddard, who will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, is yet to re-sign with speculation about his future continuing to mount.
The retention of four players, who have all played over 100 games, ensures St Kilda will have an experienced core of players to help younger Saints like Terry Milera, Ahmed Saad, Jack Steven and Arryn Siposs develop.
"This year has seen the emergence of a number of younger players and these four will play a significant role in the ongoing development of the Saints playing group," St Kilda head of football Chris Pelchen said.
Gilbert has signed the longest contract extension of the quartet, committing himself to St Kilda until the end of 2015, while Montagna has re-signed for two more years.
Milne and Hayes have agreed to another season with the Saints.
Hayes' future had been in doubt at the start of this season after missing most of 2011 after a knee reconstruction. But the 33-year-old has had no issues in 2012, having played every game for the Saints this year and averaging 22.4 disposals per match.
"It's pretty exciting, I'm just wrapped to be involved with the club for another year," Hayes said.
"It's a good place to be around, with all of the young guys coming through.
"I'm glad to go through this year with my knee, and can't wait for next year."
Milne, who became only the fourth St Kilda player to kick 500 goals when he passed that milestone in Round 5, was thrilled to sign a new deal that will keep him at the Saints for his entire career."Time flies when you're having fun and to be a one-club player is something that I'm pretty proud of," Milne said.