New deal extends Stringer’s stay at the Bombers

Livewire Essendon forward Jake Stringer has agreed to a new three-year deal with the Bombers, tying him to the club until the end of 2024.

The Age is reporting that Stringer’s fresh contract will be announced this week and that the deal includes several incentives allowing him to earn more than his base salary.

The deal is a reward for perhaps Stringer’s best season of his 151-game AFL career, in which the former Bulldog has booted 29 goals and is averaging 16 disposals per match.

Stringer shone in Essendon’s 18-point win over North Melbourne on the Gold Coast on Sunday, slotting four goals in the last quarter alone and finishing the game with 17 touches.

“I’m just enjoying my footy at the moment,” Stringer told Fox Footy after the game.

“I’m enjoying it with these young boys and I’m just glad to keep winning. It makes it a bit easier when you get told you’re coming up here (to Queensland) and leaving the kids behind, so I’m just happy to come up here and get the win.

“It’s obviously hard (leaving the family behind in Melbourne). We got told at like 9am and I’ve obviously got three kids, so didn’t really get much of a goodbye.

“It’s hard but it is what it is. We’re pretty fortunate to be up here so there’s no complaining.”

While Stringer has always faced question marks over his fitness and consistency, there’s no denying the 27-year-old has a wealth of x-factor.

Stringer was a key member of the Bulldogs’ 2016 AFL grand final victory over the Swans, which secured the club its first flag in 62 years.

Stringer also earned an All-Australian blazer in 2015.

He topped the Bulldogs’ goal-kicking leaderboard three times and has done so at the Bombers twice.

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