Bombers fans can get excited for another five years of ‘Red Dog’.

Dashing defender Mason Redman has turned his back on free agency and committed to the Bombers until at least the end of 2028.

One of the igniters in the Essendon team, Redman is a fan favourite with his iconic ‘Red Dog’ celebration, used when he kicks a long-range goal.

A tough competitor who has become a leader of Essendon’s backline, Redman’s vocal encouragement combined with his tenacious spirit makes him influential to the Bombers’ success. 

“I’ve absolutely loved my eight years at the Bombers but it’s the potential of this group that excites me the most,” Redman said.

“Our team has seen so much improvement this year, but we know we have a long way to go, and we are all committed to working hard to ensure we are all pushing each other to do whatever we can to achieve the ultimate success.

“I couldn’t be more impressed by the footy club this year and the environment we are trying to create. I’m optimistic success is just around the corner for this club.”

Hailing from Millicent in South Australia, Redman was drafted by the Bombers with Pick No.30 in the 2015 National Draft.

With 98 games under his belt, 2023 is looking to be a career-best year for the 25-year-old.

Playing every game so far this season, Redman is averaging more than 22 disposals, 17 kicks, 6 marks and an impressive 470.2 metres gained.

Redman has become one of the league’s most reliable defenders and a key cog to the Bombers’ line-up, evident in his fourth-place finish at last year’s Crichton Medal.

“As a defensive unit, we hope to build one of the best back lines in the comp. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it is something we are striving towards, and I can’t wait to keep getting to work with my fellow defenders and the whole team,” Redman said.

The defender thanked the Bombers fans for their support over his career and can’t wait to share the future journey with them.

“I get so excited every time I see a Bombers fan do the ‘Red Dog’ celebration and it makes me so grateful to be at a club with such a loyal and dedicated fan base,” Redman said.

“Our supporters are the reason we play. At Essendon, we are so privileged to represent them on the big stage at games like Anzac Day, Dreamtime and King’s Birthday Eve. But no matter where we play, the Bombers fans always show up.

“The future is exciting for the red and black and I can’t wait to share the journey with all our fans and members.”

General Manager of List and Recruiting Adrian Dodoro said the club was elated to have Redman’s services for at least the next five years.

“We are thrilled to have Mason remain in the red and black for the next five years. He is such an important player for us and has become a real leader within the team,” Dodoro said.

“His spirit and presence around the club is influential for his fellow teammates. Mason is the ultimate professional and true club person, committed to not only improving himself but doing anything possible to ensure his teammates are supported in their development.

“He has been explicit in believing what we’re building here at the Bombers and our vision for our club.

“Mason is a much-loved teammate, highly respected by the wider club and adored by fans. He wears his heart on his sleeve and we can’t wait to see him continue to grow as a player and person over the coming years.”