MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: during the round 21 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Son of a gun re-signs

Jake Long, the son of Essendon champion and 1993 Norm Smith medallist Michael, has re-signed with the Bombers.

The 20-year-old, who made his debut in round 21 against Gold Coast and played the final three games of the season, has inked a one-year contract extension for 2017.

“It was a dream come true to play my first senior game of football this year and I’m really grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity to continue my career next season,” Long said.

“As a team, we know we have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but I think we showed some exciting signs this year.

“The coaches have been really clear about the areas of my game I need to work on and I’m already looking forward to getting stuck into another pre-season with the rest of my teammates.”