Western Bulldogs rebounder Jason Johannisen has turned his back on free agency offers, instead recommitting at the Kennel.

Johannisen had been linked to a future on the Gold Coast, however, the 2016 Norm Smith medallist will instead return to the Whitten Oval after inking a two-year extension.

Having joined the Dogs' ranks via the 2011 rookie draft, the South African-born speedster met the markers to become an unrestricted free agent this season.

And with the Suns' separation to lure pace behind the ball this off-season, Johannisen's services had been sought, with the 29-year-old seen as a purpose-built replacement to cover the losses of Wil Powell, Connor Budarick and Lachie Weller, all of whom have succumbed to knee injuries.

Still, as reported by 7News' Mitch Cleary, the premiership Pup will remain in Melbourne's West, committing his future on Monday afternoon.

Gold Coast will now turn its total focus to uncontracted Saint Ben Long, who requested a trade to Carrara earlier in the month.

Speaking as the ink dried on his latest deal, Johannisen professed his joy at being able to remain in the red, white and blue.

“The Western Bulldogs is a really special place to me and I couldn’t be happier to get the chance to continue playing football here for the next few years,” Johannisen told club media.

“It’s a really positive time to be a part of this team, our list is exciting as we continue to strive for sustained success.”

“I’ve got lifelong friends here, I love pulling on the red, white and blue each week in front of our amazing supporters and fans.”

“I’m incredibly grateful to the club for having the faith in me throughout my career and into the future.”

Bulldogs list boss Sam Power expressed his own thrill at retaining the noted runner.

“We’re really pleased to have Jason commit to the club for another two years,” Power said.

“Jason has played a variety of roles for the team over the past few years and his experience in the game will prove a valuable asset for the club moving forward.”

“He sets a high standard for himself on-field and is much-loved by his teammates off it.”

Since debuting for the Dogs during Round 19 of the 2012 season, Johannisen has added a further 174 games.

The defender's career peak came during the Bulldogs' drought-breaking premiership in 2016, racking up 33 disposals in the historic victory.