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Hickey happy to be staying with Saints

Tom Hickey is settled with the Saints.
Tom Hickey is settled with the Saints. TRACEY NEARMY

ST KILDA ruckman Tom Hickey has resisted the pull of home to sign a two-year contract extension.

Hickey was recruited by Gold Coast from Brisbane club Morningside in 2010 and is the son of a former A-grade Brisbane rugby league player.

He left the Suns for St Kilda during the 2012 trade period and the 25-year-old has established himself as one of the competition's brightest ruck prospects, and a key part of the Saints' rise back up the ladder.

"Mum wanted me to come home pretty bad, but I'm pretty well settled down here,” Hickey told the St Kilda website.

"I've got my girlfriend down here and I've been down here for five years now and I've got a really good group of mates.”

"We're a young group and we're on the improve. I've been here since we were at the bottom and (I'm) loving the rise we're having and hope it can continue.”

In more good news for St Kilda, onballer Luke Dunstan has joined him in signing a new contract that ties him to the club until the end of 2019.

The 22-year-old Dunstan, who's played 53 games for St Kilda since his 2014 debut, averaged more than 17 touches per game last season.

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