AFL Rd 12 - West Coast v Hawthorn
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 16: Jarrod Brander of the Eagles in action during the 2020 AFL Round 12 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Hawthorn Hawks at Optus Stadium on August 16, 2020 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

The West Coast Eagles will look to reach out to promising young gun Jarrod Brander and his management in the coming weeks in regards to new contract discussions.

As reported by senior Fox Footy reporter Tom Morris on AFL Tonight, Morris outlined how Eagles fans should be hopeful that Brander will stay at the club beyond this season.

"Brander has enjoyed a breakout season for West Coast," Morris said on AFL Tonight.

"Though contract discussions have not begun yet, there is a general goodwill from the club and his manager from Hemisphere that they will get underway soon."

"Two years ago Brander would have been at long odds to stay in Perth beyond his current contract, but he’s really settled this year and has even been spending some time in the midfield."

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The former Bendigo Pioneer grew up in Geelong, and a move to the cattery could always be a temptation for the 22-year-old, but Morris remains adamant that the Eagles will extend his contract.

"There will always be interest from the Cats given that is where he grew up, but as I understand it he’s very happy at West Coast and is looking more and more likely to extend – even by two years – by the week," Morris added.

"West Coast fans should be confident of keeping him and these formal chats should confirm that."

Brander was selected with pick 13 in the 2017 AFL Draft as a potential key forward for the Eagles, standing at 195cm.

However, 2021 has given him more opportunity in the midfield with the likes of Luke Shuey, Elliot Yeo and Tim Kelly out for large portions of the season.

Brander has played 20 games for West Coast and is currently averaging 15.9 disposals in 2021.