Martin Gleeson of the Bombers is tackled during the round 23 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Carlton Blues at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 27, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Bombers lock away Gleeson until 2018

Essendon’s Marty Gleeson has agreed to a two-year contract extension at the Bombers.

The new deal will see the agile defender remain at the Bombers until at least the end of the 2018 season.

Gleeson said he has confidence in the football program established under John Worsfold.

“I’ve really enjoyed my first season under Woosha and I’m excited to be continuing my career at Essendon,” Gleeson said.

“The bond amongst the players is really strong, we have made some great progress as a playing group this season, we are demanding elite standards of each other and building a really strong team culture.

“We know we have plenty of hard work ahead of us if we want to compete with the elite sides in the competition, but we also have so much to look forward to in 2017 and this is a team I want to be part of.”

Gleeson joins Aaron Francis as the second young defender to re-sign with the Club this week.

Essendon Bombers 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains: Matt Guelfi (2018), Jordan Houlahan (2018), Luke Lavender (2018), Trent Mynott (2018), Adam Saad (Gold Coast Suns, 2020), Devon Smith (GWS Giants, 2021), Jake Stringer (Western Bulldogs, 2021), Brandon Zerk-Thatcher (2018)
2018 Losses: Craig Bird (delisted), Heath Hocking (delisted), Ben Howlett (delisted), James Kelly (retired), Alex Morgan (North Melbourne Kangaroos), Brent Stanton (retired), Jobe Watson (retired)
Re-Signed: Patrick Ambrose (2019), Mitch Brown (2018), Joe Daniher (2020), Sam Draper (2019), Orazio Fantasia (2019), Josh Green (2018), Jake Long (2018), Conor McKenna (2021), Shaun McKernan (2018), Jackson Merrett (2018), Darcy Parish (2019), David Zaharakis (2021)
Off Contract 2018: Joshua Begley, Tom Bellchambers, Mitch Brown, Dylan Clarke, Matt Dea, Martin Gleeson, Josh Green, Michael Hartley, Kyle Langford, Jayden Laverde, Matthew Leuenberger, Jake Long, Shaun McKernan, Jackson Merrett, Kobe Mutch, Jordan Ridley, James Stewart