Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce three player re-signings, with Tex Wanganeen, Andrew Phillips and Patrick Voss all recommitting to the Bombers.
Wanganeen will remain in the red and black until at least the end of 2024 on a two-year deal, while Phillips and Voss have committed to one-year deals respectively.
After joining the club through the Pre-Season Supplemental Selection Period (SSP), Wanganeen has re-signed as a rookie, after impressing in his five games at AFL level.
The 18-year-old made his debut as the medical sub in round two and secured a starting position the following round, mere weeks after signing with the Club.
Wanganeen said he was grateful for Essendon's support and the opportunity to continue developing his football.
“The Club has been unbelievable in the support they’ve shown to me throughout my football journey, whether that be through my time in the James Hird Academy, as a train-on player and now as an AFL player,” Wanganeen said.
“I’ve grown up loving the Essendon Football Club, so I’m very excited to see where our playing group can go in the years ahead.”
Ahead of the 2020 season, Phillips joined the Bombers through a trade with Carlton, playing 21 games since joining the red and black, taking his career total to 62.
The 31-year-old started his career as a Greater Western Sydney foundation player before moving to Carlton for five seasons.
At 201cm, Phillips is known for his strong work ethic and ability to cover the ground in the ruck while pushing up forward and providing a tall target.
Phillips said he is thrilled to remain at the Bombers for another year.
“We have such an exciting group of young players coming through the ranks and I can’t wait to work closely with these guys and especially Sam Draper and Nick Bryan to continue taking the club forward,” Phillips said.
19-year-old Voss has also re-signed as rookie on the Bombers’ list after an impressive year at VFL level.
The 194cm key forward has played eight VFL matches this year, where he quickly became known for his physical presence and ability to hit the scoreboard, kicking 15 goals so far.
Hailing from the Riverina of NSW, Voss was a part of the GWS Giants Academy last year but played NAB League for the Oakleigh Chargers and attended Wesley College.
Developing his game this season in the VFL, Voss said he is excited to continue honing his football craft at the Bombers.
“I’ve loved my first year at Essendon. The boys and coaches have made me feel welcome since I first stepped through the door,” Voss said.
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to continue growing and developing my skills while in a supportive environment surrounded by great coaches and teammates.”
General manager of list and recruiting Adrian Dodoro said the club was pleased to have Phillips, Voss and Wanganeen recommit.
“We are thrilled to have Andrew, Pat and Tex all recommit to the club,” Dodoro said.
“Andrew is a fantastic club person and on the field, presents the versatility to play through the ruck and up forward. In his time at the Club, he has been a strong role model and mentor for our younger rucks.
“At VFL level, Pat has demonstrated his toughness and physical presence in our forward line while being eager to learn and develop his craft.
“Tex has impressed quickly with his natural athleticism and pace while also demonstrating his determination to develop and improve his game.
“We look forward to seeing Andrew, Pat and Tex continue contributing to the Essendon Football Club.”