Essendon are thrilled to announce deputy-vice captain Andrew McGrath has recommitted to the Dons for a further two years, remaining at the club until at least the end of 2024.
McGrath joined the Bombers through pick No.1 in the 2016 NAB AFL National Draft and has played 106 games in the red and black.
The 24-year-old’s decision making and poise under pressure have been on show through the Bombers’ midfield and across half-back during the 2022 season, where he’s averaged 21.8 disposals, 12.1 kicks and 4.3 marks across his 13 matches this year.
A role model for his teammates, McGrath’s natural leadership has been influential on and off the field for the Bombers’ young list.
Across his six seasons at the Bombers, McGrath has developed an impressive resume, including winning both the 2017 NAB Rising Star award and AFLPA Best First Year Player in 2017, along with four selections in the AFLPA 22under22 team.
McGrath said he was thrilled to commit to Essendon for another two years and was excited by the potential of its young list.
“I’ve loved my six years at the club so far and I’m extremely excited to continue my journey with the Essendon football club. My love for the playing group is immense and I’m very grateful for the faith the club has had in me,” McGrath said.
“I’m determined to push myself and the entire playing group to realise our capabilities and achieve our ultimate goal.
“By no means are we a finished product, but the processes we are putting in place now, despite a tough year, will hold us in a strong position moving forward.
“I believe we are building something special and creating an environment to be successful. It’s an exciting time to be an Essendon person.”
General manager of list and recruiting Adrian Dodoro said the club was delighted to have McGrath commit to the club for a further two years.
“Andy is very highly respected throughout our playing group and the wider club so we are thrilled to have him remain in the red and black for at least another two years,” Dodoro said.
“His natural leadership makes him an exceptional role model for his teammates, which is reflected in his professionalism and respectful nature.
“Andy’s team-first mentality and ability to play multiple roles within the team shows how he will be extremely important to the club over the coming years.”