Essendon’s Ben Howlett has re-committed to the Bombers for 2017.
Howlett, who has signed a one-year contract extension, said the “strong bond” with his teammates was the decisive factor in his decision to return to the club next season.
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“From what I’ve witnessed and my discussions with Woosha it’s evident the team and Club is forging something really exciting, and I’m extremely motivated to be a part of this,” Howlett said.
“With my first child on the way I took the necessary time to determine what was best for my career and my family. In the end it was my strong bond with my teammates that made the decision easy.
“I would like to say a massive thank-you to the Essendon members and supporters for their loyalty and ongoing support this season. They’ve not only rallied around me but my teammates which has been incredible.”
Coach John Worsfold said he is thrilled Howlett has decided to return to the club next season.
“We are really pleased Ben wants to continue playing his footy here. He’s excited about the culture we are building and he can’t wait to get in and start working hard for next season, which is brilliant,” Worsfold said.
“We’re really excited about where we are heading as a Club and to have Ben part of this journey next year is fantastic.
“Ben is the ultimate professional and terrific on-field leader. He’s a tough competitor, he attacks the footy with aggression and his pressure around the ground is the standard we want all our players to emulate.”
Howlett has played 117 games for the Bombers since making his debut in 2010.