In exciting news ahead of round one, reigning Crichton medalist Peter Wright has put pen to paper, extending his commitment to the Bombers for a further four years.
The new deal will see the key forward remain in the red and black until the end of 2027.
Wright’s had an incredible rise since joining the Bombers through the 2020 trade period, with Gold Coast receiving a future fourth-round selection for the imposing tall.
2022 was a breakout year for the 26-year-old, claiming the Crichton Medal as the club’s best and fairest player and the Matthew Lloyd Goal Kicking Award with 53 majors.
At 203cm, Wright is a dangerous proposition for opposition defenders.
Last season, he scored multiple goals on 16 occasions and a season-high six goals in the Bombers’ round eight victory over Hawthorn.
Wright said he was thrilled to remain in the red and black for a further four years.
“I’ve loved my time so far at the Bombers and am extremely grateful to the club for the opportunity,” Wright said.
“I am especially grateful for the time both players and coaches have put in to help me continue to develop as a player and a person at the club.
“I’m very excited about the direction that Brad is taking us, and this Sunday is a great opportunity to take the first step and put into practice the work we have done over the pre-season.
“We’ve got a young and exciting list that I am excited to build and grow with. But we know there is a lot of hard work ahead for us to ensure that we get where we aspire to be. I’m looking forward to that challenge.”
Drafted from the Calder Cannons to Gold Coast with pick No.8 in the 2014 National Draft, Wright played 63 games across his six seasons at the Suns.
Since arriving at The NEC Hangar, Wright has only missed three games over the past two seasons, taking his career total to 109.
General Manager of List and Recruiting Adrian Dodoro said Wright had become vital to the Bombers’ line-up.
“Pete is a very important part of our side. He provides a fantastic target up forward, with strong marking and goalkicking ability,” Dodoro said.
“He is extremely dedicated and has excellent work ethic. Pete is constantly striving to improve, evident in his growth over the past two years.
“At 26 years of age, Pete is a long-term player for our club who will play a key role in this young group moving forward in the years to come.”
Essendon is thanking all red and black faithful who have donned the sash before they take on Hawthorn this Sunday, giving one lucky member the chance to take home $10,000. Terms and conditions apply, head to Essendon's membership page for more information.