MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: Nic Naitanui of the Eagles looks on during the 2018 AFL round 17 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 15, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Star Eagle Nic Naitanui has signed a three-year extension, tying him to the club until the end of 2022.

The 29-year old has been sidelined for the last 12 months after rupturing his ACL, but returned to the field via the WAFL on Saturday.

He recorded 10 possessions and took three marks on limited game time.

Naitanui was thankful of the club for showing faith in him.

“It’s certainly a comfort to have the contract completed,” he told the club website.

“My management team has been negotiating the contract extension behind the scenes while I have been entirely focused on my return.

“I knew that was going on in the background, but for me it has been more about getting back to play footy. It’s really exciting.

“The club has been very good to me throughout my career and I’m looking forward to playing my part in the second half of the season and in the coming years.”

The former No. 2 pick made his debut in 2006 and has played for 161 games for West Coast.