Essendon young gun Darcy Parish will remain at the Dons until at least the end of the 2019 season, after agreeing to a two-year contract extension.
Bombers’ coach John Worsfold said the club is thrilled to secure Parish’s signature, who is set to become a key member of the side for the next decade.
“We’re really pleased to have Darcy commit to the Club for a further two years and continue on the journey we all started together,” Worsfold said.
“He’s part of an exciting young group of players who are not only fully invested, but really driving our culture and elite standards.
“We are pleased with Darcy’s development as a midfielder who can also have an impact when playing forward. With his continued hard work and mindset to achieve his potential at the elite level, we know he will be a strong contributor to the team success we are working towards.”
Parish, 19, said he had no hesitation in re-signing and can see the current group of players enjoying success together.
“I’m really excited about our future and proud to sign on for two more years,” Parish said.
“We’ve got a great group of players, with a solid mix of youth and experience, and while we know we have a lot of hard work ahead of us, I really feel like we’re heading in the right direction.
“I truly believe we have the best members and supporters in the AFL, and to play in the big blockbuster games and represent them is a massive honour.”
In his second season at the club, Parish has played a total of 32 senior games, averaging 21.3 disposals, 4.8 marks and 3.2 tackles per game.