PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - MARCH 11: Liam Duggan of the Eagles kicks the ball under pressure from Brandon Matera of the Dockers during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at HBF Arena on March 11, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Liam Duggan signs three-year extension

West Coast’s Liam Duggan has locked away his future at the club for a further three seasons, keeping him in Perth until at least the end of the 2021 season. 

The 21-year-old impressed in 2017, playing across half-back for much of the year and was rewarded by winning the club’s emerging player award at their best and fairest dinner. 

Duggan, who is apart of the club’s emerging leaders group, was thrilled to extend his time at the club. 

“I’m really happy to have signed on with the club for another three years; so stoked with the result,” he said.

“I’m really excited with what we’re doing as a club.

“We have a good, young list and I’m just really happy to be a part of that. Hopefully over the next three or four years I can help develop the group we have got and go on to bigger and better things.

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“Since we do have such a young group, at the ripe old age of 21 I’m middle of the road for our age, so it’s good for my development, my leadership and my footy in helping those young boys getting along and getting up to speed.

“Hopefully I’ll play a bit more time in the midfield this year and pinch hit down back. But wherever I play it’s about playing my role and doing the best that I can.”

List Manager Brady Rawlings said the club was excited by what Duggan had shown in his time there. 

“Liam has made a strong start to his AFL career and we believe he will continue to build on that foundation,” Rawlings said.

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“He is respected across all levels of the club and is a natural leader 

“We have been really excited with Liam’s growth, particularly over the last 18 months. What we have seen in this pre-season has been very encouraging and, at only 21 years of age, we anticipate that he will continue to grow and become a very important player for us for a long time to come.”