Daniel Arzani has confirmed he will be staying with Melbourne City for next season, after Warren Joyce's side missed out on the Grand Final.
City lost 2-1 away to Newcastle Jets in Friday's semi-final, despite taking an early lead at McDonald Jones Stadium.
It denied them a maiden Grand Final appearance - which would have been at home to rivals Melbourne Victory.
The season ended in disappointment, but Arzani has handed fans a boost by making it clear he wants to be part of a championship challenge next season.
City's owners have already signalled their intent to build around the 19-year-old, and he wants to reward their faith.
"I completely agree with (the owners). At my age, what I need is games, games, games," said Arzani, who is in the frame to make the Socceroos squad for the World Cup in Russia.
"I know I'm going to be playing here and I know the staff around me. They know me, they know my body and they know what I need to work on; it's the best environment for me to grow," he added.
Arzani made 19 appearances overall this season, including starting 13 league games.
While City will be hanging on to Arzani, they are set to see Bruce Kamau, Nick Fitzgerald and Ruon Tongyik depart this week.
Out-of-contract defender Manny Muscat is expected to be released, club captain Michael Jakobsen has been linked with Adelaide United.
Star forward Bruno Fornaroli, who has another year on his marquee deal, says City are poised for another title tilt next season.
"We can do better; everyone at Melbourne City," added the Uruguayan. "We can get to a final and we can win it. We tried this season and we will do again, we have to do just a little bit more."
Meanwhile, Melbourne Victory are 17/10 to win the Grand Final with Newcastle Jets 8/5 and the draw 5/2.
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