Essendon has re-signed Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti for a further three years.
The new deal will see McDonald-Tipungwuti stay in red and black until at least the end of the 2019 season.
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After being selected from at pick No. 22 in the 2015 rookie draft from Essendon’s VFL side, McDonald-Tipungwuti was elevated immediately elevated to the senior list and made his debut in Round 1 this season.
“Essendon gave me the chance to play AFL, and I’m really happy to keep playing my footy for the Bombers,” the 23-year-old said.
“I have learnt a lot this year since getting my chance to play senior footy, I know I have to keep working hard on my game but I’m really enjoying playing my football under Woosha.
“I have some really good mates at Essendon, especially Harts (Michael Hartley), I love playing with the boys, the fans have been great and I’m really excited about what we can do together as a team in the next few years.”
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti has been a revelation this season and has quickly become a fan favourite due to his pace and aggressive attack on the footy, with the rookie playing 19 games and averaging 15.4 disposals.
He was born and grew up in the Tiwi Islands, playing junior football for the Tiwi Bombers in the Northenr Territory Football League.
He then moved to Victoria at 17 to play for TAC Cup side, Gippsland Power, before joining Essendon’s VFL side.