Bontempelli signs deal to remain with Bulldogs

Marcus Bontempelli is set to remain a member of the Western Bulldogs, with the skipper signing a four-year contract extension with the club.

Bontempelli was the headline act in what loomed as a star free-agent class this summer, which initially included Carlton captain Patrick Cripps and Essendon’s Zach Merrett.

The 25-year-old has re-committed to the Bulldogs on a deal that will see him remaining at Whitten Oval through the 2025 season.

Bontempelli’s form through the first ten games of the season has rivalled that of his team’s, with the three-time All-Australian averaging 26.6 disposals per game.

The Bulldogs captain admitted that he had not wanted to leave the club, despite negotiations taking some time.

“I always wanted to stay a Bulldog,” he said in a club statement.

“It was important for me to take the appropriate time with this decision and to have the right conversations before re-signing. It’s pleasing to know I’ll continue to be part of the journey at this football club.”

After a 9-1 start to the season which currently sees them sitting on top of the AFL ladder, Bontempelli said he was excited about what the future held for his club.

“It is an exciting time. The thing that makes great teams great is their willingness to play for the team, play their role, do the challenging and difficult things – and then hopefully we all succeed together,” he said.

“There’s talent within the group which is I think somewhat clear.

“But the appetite to make the most of it and not rely on it has been a key focus for us. It’s probably seen us make a bit of a shift and a jump this year from last season.

“There’s definitely an excitement and hopefully a little bit of magic in the air for us to continue to explore.”

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