MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 01: Kyle Langford of the Bombers celebrates the win with fans during the round 15 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on July 1, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Young Essendon midfielder Kyle Langford has signed a contract extension keeping him in the red and black until the end of 2020.

The 21-year-old said he had no intentions of leaving the club and was thrilled to sign a contract extension.

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“I’m really excited to continue at Essendon for the next two years. I think we have a really bright future, we are a really young group and we are heading in the right direction,” Langford told the club’s website.

“I was always hoping to remain a Bomber – I was just trying to play the best footy I could play, prove myself as a player both on and off the field, and I knew the rest would take care of itself.

“Over the next two years my focus is on continuous improvement, I still have a lot to work on to become a consistent AFL midfielder but I am enjoying the challenge.”

Langford has played 11 games this season in his new role in the midfield and is averaging career best figures with 19 disposals and four tackles per game.

Coach John Worsfold commended the youngster for his work ethic and believes he will play a large part in the club’s road to their next premiership.

“We’re pleased Kyle has committed to the Club for the next two seasons, he will play an important role in what we are building towards,” Worsfold said.

“Kyle is now playing consistent AFL football and has demonstrated that he has the necessary skill set to be an outstanding long term player for the club.

“His continuous hard work and attitude both on and off the field makes him a highly respected player at the Club and we are excited to see what he can achieve here.”

Langford was taken by Essendon at pick number 17 in the 2014 draft.

Jobe Watson personally handed down his number 4 jumper to Langford when he hung up his boots at the end of last year.