Emerging ruckman Sam Draper has re-signed with the Bombers for a further four years with news revealed via Essendon's website on Tuesday morning.
The new deal will see the Bomber remain with the club until 2023.
Draper made the unique transition from soccer to football in 2016 before being drafted to the Bombers in 2017.
He currently sits on the sidelines after rupturing his ACL at the start of the season.
Draper told fans on Essendon FC's website that he is excited to be continuing his career in the red and black.
"I’m thrilled to extend my contract at Essendon for another four years, with a group of players who are driven towards achieving success together," Draper said.
The decision comes after it was reported earlier in the year that St.Kilda, who are eagerly trying to boost their ruck stocks, offered a four-year deal to Draper believed to be worth up to $1.8million.
Draper says he will continue to work hard throughout the remainder of his rehabilitation program and strive towards an AFL debut with the Bombers.