Bombers confirm Ridley deal
Essendon have confirmed gun defender Jordan Ridley has penned new four-year contract extension with the club.
It has been a good week for the Bombers, who have also announced new deals for Andrew McGrath and Kyle Langford, and the contract for Ridley which runs until the end of 2024, is the icing on the cake.
Ridley had an outstanding debut campaign for the Bombers in 2020, scooping the club's best and fairest award and earning high praise for his performances throughout the season.
Brisbane Lions had been showing an interest in the 21-year-old, who also made the All-Australian squad of 40, but thankfully for the Bombers he is happy where he is.
Ridley is now excited for the future and believes Essendon are going places under the guidance of coach Ben Rutten.
"I'm really grateful to the club for the opportunity to extend my contract, and it was a pretty easy decision to get to," Ridley said.
"I've worked really closely with Ben Rutten and (line coach) James Kelly this season and they've given me a lot of belief but working closely with Michael Hurley down back particularly has been really beneficial for my game.
"We're not satisfied with our season by any stretch and we have a lot of hard work to do this pre-season but under 'Truck' (Rutten), I'm really confident in where we're heading over the next few years as a group. It's going to be pretty exciting to be a part of it for at least the next four years to see what we can all do together."
Meanwhile, Brisbane are 87/100 to beat Geelong in Saturday's Final Series clash, with the Cats 97/100.
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