GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01: Esava Ratugolea of the Cats celebrates a goal during the round 11 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at GMHBA Stadium on June 01, 2019 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Esava Ratugolea has committed his future to the Cats signing a two-year extension with Geelong.

On the eve of game number 50, the high-leaping forward has assured he will remain at the cattery until at least the end of 2023.

Ratugolea said that he was always going to stay, saying his love for his teammates played a huge part in his re-committing.

“I can’t wait to see what this group does going forward, and I want to be a part of it so it’s very exciting times,” Ratugolea said on the club's website.

“I got drafted with a few of the blokes who have signed on, Jack Henry, Mark O’Connor and Brandan Parfitt. I love the group, I can’t wait to develop my footy and grow with this club.”

Geelong’s general manager of football Simon Lloyd said the club was happy to have Ratugolea sign on and hone his craft at GMHBA Stadium.

“Esava continues to develop his football craft in a number of roles both in the ruck and up forward,” Lloyd said.

“He’s exciting to watch and has great potential to build on his first 49 games of AFL experience.

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“We see Esava as a key part of the club’s next generation, and we are pleased to have secured his services.”

Ratugolea has kicked 31 goals in his 49 games to date.