FREMANTLE forward Michael Apeness has agreed a new deal to stay with the club until the end of 2018.
Apeness has played three AFL games since making his debut in round 16 against Melbourne in 2014.
The 17th pick in the 2013 National Draft is predicted to be a key cog in Fremantle’s forward line in the future, with the retirement of Matthew Pavlich at season’s end.
“I’m really excited to stay at the Dockers and I’d like to thank the club for putting their trust in me,” he said.
“I love the place, I love the team and I love the club. I’ve got great teammates and I just love playing my footy over here in WA.”
Fremantle’s list manager Brad Lloyd said the club was pleased the 21-year-old had re-signed.
“Michael is a great size with the ability to cover the ground very well,” he said.
“He is a powerful contested marking player with a strong attack on the ball.
“He will play an important role on our playing list in the future, so we look forward to seeing him continue to develop as a player.”