MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Orazio Fantasia of the Bombers congratulates David Myers of the Bombers on a fantastic goal during the 2018 AFL round 18 match between the Essendon Bombers and the Fremantle Dockers at Etihad Stadium on July 21, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The Bombers have locked away exciting forward Orazio Fantasia until the end of the 2021 season after inking an extension on Tuesday morning.

Fantasia was signed until the end of 2019, but has officially extended his stay for a further two seasons.

“The decision to remain at Essendon was easy. I will always miss my family and friends but Essendon is like my second home, I have been here for five years and to stick around for another three is going to be awesome,” Fantasia told the club website.

“There is an incredible bond between all of the boys, we really care for each other. I am confident we are heading in the right direction as a group.

“I believe the future of the club is bright, it’s really exciting. If we stick together as a group for the next few years, the possibilities of what we can achieve are endless.”

Fantasia has played 60 games for Essendon since being drafted in 2013, booting 90 goals over that period.

The 22-year old has been held to just 13 games this season after being hampered by knee groin and hamstring injuries.