Essendon Football Club is thrilled to announce that young forward Kaine Baldwin has committed to the club on a one-year contract, keeping him at the Bombers until the end of 2023.
Baldwin made his debut in the red and black in round one of the 2022 season, playing four games at AFL level throughout the year.
Baldwin overcame dual ACL injuries to join the Bombers through the Supplemental Selection Period (SSP) before the 2021 season.
Showing his potential at VFL level, Baldwin has been a key target up forward, kicking 24 goals from 11 games, including a season-best five goals in round four against Port Melbourne.
A talented junior from Adelaide, Baldwin was the 2018 championship-winning captain of South Australia’s under-16 side, before continuing onto under-18 level and then to Glenelg in the SANFL.
The 20-year-old said he was delighted to remain at the club for at least another year.
“I’m so excited to remain in the red and black. The club has been huge in my development and I’ve loved the opportunity to play at AFL level this year,” Baldwin said.
“The club continues to put great faith in me, which I am extremely thankful for. I’m looking forward to the pre-season to make some big improvements and work closely with our leaders in our forward line.”
General manager of list and recruiting Adrian Dodoro said the club was pleased to have Baldwin recommit.
“We are really happy to have Kaine commit to the club for next year,” Dodoro said.
“It was fantastic to see him at AFL level this year and playing consistent football after suffering multiple injuries.
“At only 20 years old, Kaine has a lot of potential and I look forward to watching his development and journey continue.”