Essendon is excited to announce utility Nik Cox will remain a Bomber for a further two years, keeping him at the club until the end of 2024.
Cox joined Essendon via pick No.8 in the 2020 NAB AFL Draft and quickly impressed in his debut season, playing 22 of a possible 23 games.
He earned a NAB Rising Star nomination for his Dreamtime in Perth performance last year, where he recorded 23 disposals, eight marks, one goal and seven score involvements on the big stage.
Drafted for his versatility, the Northern Knights product has played a range of roles during his 27 games at the Bombers, including as a defender, midfielder and forward.
Standing at 202cm, Cox has impressed with his skills and decision-making while also contesting in the air and using his speed along the wing.
The 20-year-old had played five games this season before suffering a Lisfranc injury that will sideline him for an extended period.
Cox said he was excited by the direction of the young list and looking forward to representing the club over the next two years.
“I’m so happy to have signed with the club for a further two years, especially with the likes of Archie and Zach also committing to the club,” Cox said.
“We have a great core group of young players who have a lot of development ahead of us, but we are building something special and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
General manager of list and recruiting Adrian Dodoro said Cox had shown great development over his first two seasons.
“Nik is a wonderful signing for the club. He has really impressed us with his development over his first two years, especially last year where he only missed one game,” Dodoro said.
“He has so much potential and can play a variety of roles so I look forward to seeing Nik continue to grow his game over the next couple of years.”
Cox joins Archie Perkins, Zach Reid, Sam Durham and Kyle Langford in recently recommitting to the club.