MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 21: Lin Jong of the Bulldogs is congratulated by his teammates after kicking a goal during the round 22 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Lin Jong has rejected rival offers to re-sign with the Bulldogs.

Jong controversially toured Collingwood’s facilities mid-season this year, while he had also attracted interest from from the Gold Coast Suns.

However, after weighing up his options, the 23-year-old has opted to sign a two-year contract extension, keeping him at Whitten oval until the end of the 2018 season.

“There are a number of factors I considered before signing, and in the end it was quite obvious that the things I was looking for, were right in front of me .,” Jong said.

“I have the best chance of improving my football here, but also to play with this group of players, and under this group of coaches, is everything I could ask for.”

“I’m just so proud to be a Western Bulldogs player and look forward to playing a part in its growth into the future.”

Jong played 16 games this season, before injury cruelled his finals campaign, suffering as broken collarbone in qualifying finals win over West Coast in Perth.

He amazingly returned just two weeks later in a best on ground performance in the VFL Grand Final. However, it was not enough to force his way back into the senior side for the AFL Grand Final, which the Bulldogs won by 22 points against the Swans.

List manager Jason McCartney told the club’s website said it is a great outcome for the football club.

“Jongy has shown improvement year on year since being drafted in 2011 as rookie, but in particular his second half to this year was outstanding.”

“He is everything we’ll look for in a player in terms of his character and work ethic, and for Lin to sign for a further two years is just a great result for the Club.”

He has played 39 senior games since being selected with pick No.9 in the 2011 Rookie Draft.

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