PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 04: Matt Taberner of the Dockers is congratulated by Matthew Pavlich and Michael Apeness of the Dockers after kicking a goal during the round 11 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Essendon Bombers at Domain Stadium on June 4, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Emerging Fremantle forward Michael Apeness re-signs

Emerging Fremantle forward Michael Apeness has signed a two-year contract extension with the Dockers.

The 21-year-old, former top 20 pick in the 2013 National Draft, will remain in purple until at least the end of the 2018 season.

“I’m really excited to stay at the Dockers and I’d like to thank the club for putting their trust in me,” Apeness said.

“I love the place, I love the team and I love the club. I’ve got great teammates and I just love playing my footy over here in WA.

“I’m pumped to stay at the club.”

The 201cm key forward has managed just three career games, including one this season due to a PCL injury which ended his 2015 campaign and a broken collarbone this season.

“I’ve had a pretty rough run with injury,” he said.

“It’s great the club’s showed faith in me. I can’t wait to pay them back with some good footy.”