MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: Patrick Ambrose of the Bombers handballs during the round nine AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Fremantle Dockers at Marvel Stadium on May 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/AFL Photos/Getty Images)

Essendon has re-signed key defender Patrick Ambrose for two more years.

The 27-year-old will remain at the Bombers until at least the end of the 2021 season.

“I’m thrilled to extend my contract for a further two years. I love playing at this club,” Ambrose told the club’s website.

“We have a great mix of developing talent coming through, and an experienced group of leaders so we are building towards something special.

“Ultimately, we want to continue to improve as a team and I believe this group is capable of success in the coming years.”

Ambrose has played 80 games for the Bombers since being picked up in the rookie draft in 2014.