Essendon have re-signed star midfielder Dyson Heppell on long-term deal.
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Dyson Heppell has agreed to a five-year contract extension with to stay with AFL club Essendon.
The star midfielder will remain at the Bombers until at least the end of the 2020 season, and he couldn’t hide his delight in committing to the club he supported as a boy.
“I’m absolutely stoked to have re-committed to this great footy club,” Heppell said.
“To play for the club I supported as a young kid makes me pretty proud to be honest, and to be able to pull on the sash for another five years is a massive honour.”
“The last couple of years we’ve shown we can play some solid footy, we want to play and win finals, and with the guys we’ve brought in over the summer the future of the footy club is looking solid.”
Bombers coach James Hird said Heppell had emerged as a leader at the club despite his tender years.
“Dyson’s new contract is terrific news for everyone involved with the club, and I know our supporters will be excited to see one of their favourite players in the red and black for a further five years,” Hird said.
“Dyson is a great player to coach and from my perspective, it’s been extremely pleasing to see him emerge as a leader both on and off the field.
“There’s no debate last season saw Dyson’s play his best football, his ability to stand up and change the outcome of a contest was impressive and the most pleasing aspect is he still has his best years ahead of him.”