Bombers gun Zach Merrett has inked a six-year deal that will keep him a Bomber for life.
The club announced on Thursday that Merrett will remain with the club until the end of the 2027 season.
Merrett will turn his back on free agency and offers from several rival sides to remain at Tullamarine, where he has played 154 games since making his debut in 2014.
Speaking via the club website, Merrett stated his excitement to re-sign.
“It’s a privilege to play for the Essendon Football Club and I’m really excited to have agreed to terms on a new deal,” Merrett said.
“There’s no doubt the direction that the club is heading is the most exciting part. We are really clear in where we’re headed under Truck (Ben Rutten) and this new football program is very clearly united and aligned.
“The environment is something I wanted to continue to be a part of. It’s really enjoyable watching the energy the young players are bringing to the club at the moment.
“Ultimately, it’s on us as a playing group to drive our own future success, so I’m rapt my future is here with the Bombers.”