The two-year deal Gaff signed in 2018 after knocking back a mega-deal with North Melbourne included an option to sign for four more years, which Gaff has been understood to have confirmed with a public announcement from West Coast due in the coming days.
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The 28-year old will remain listed as an unrestricted free agent this off-season, but the new contract will see him remain an Eagle until 2024.
Speaking to AFL.com.au, Gaff spoke about the contract extension.
“We’re still working through that and that will figure itself out within the next few weeks,” Gaff said.
“I’m in communication with the club and my manager and sorting that stuff out. I’m looking forward to this finals series and it playing out from there.”
No stranger to contract talks after spending much of the 2018 season in focus as he weighed up a decision to move back to Victoria, Gaff also spoke about pushing talks to one side as he gets ready for the Eagles’ Elimination Final against Collingwood next Saturday.
“I feel like it’s a bit of a strength of mine to be able to block out that stuff and still play relatively consistent football regardless of all that talk,” Gaff said.
“As footballers you’ve got to have pretty thick skin and you need to just move on and adapt. There’s no bigger evidence of that than this year with the sacrifices everyone’s had to make to get the game going again.
“I think we’ve all developed an ability to move on and leave whatever’s being talked about to the side and focus on playing good team footy.”
Gaff’s recommitment to the Eagles comes as the club is also close to securing one-year extensions for star forward Josh Kennedy and skipper Shannon Hurn. Doubt remains over unrestricted free agent Mark Hutchings while Will Schofield is also without a deal for 2021.