Zac Clarke of the Dockers remonstrates with Sam Naismith of the Swans during the round 19 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Sydney Swans at Domain Stadium on July 31, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Zac Clarke signs one-year contract extension with Fremantle

Fremantle ruckman Zac Clarke has signed a one-year contract extension with the Dockers, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2017 season.

The 26-year-old was out of contract and a free agent at the end of the 2016 season, with reports linking him with a move away from the club, however, he ultimately opted to re-commit for another season, as the Dockers look to rebuild after a horror season.

“Being overseas pushed it (contract talks) back a bit longer, but I’ve been here for a while now so it’s really good to add another year,” Clarke said.

“I’ll be back at the club in a fortnight and training in some aspects but I won’t be training just yet.

“I had knee surgery straight after Peel’s Grand Final, so I’ll just work my way through rehab, but I don’t think I’ll be that far behind the rest of the group.

“I should be ready and raring to go by round one, I’m hoping to join the main group just before Christmas so that should be giving me plenty of time.”

He has played a total of 101 games for Fremantle, including 11 in 2016.