Promising Bombers Nick Bryan and Harrison Jones have signed new contracts to remain in red and black.
Jones pens a one-year extension to stay a Bomber until at least the end of 2024, while Bryan commits for a further two years to see him through until at least 2025.
Enduring an injury-riddled two seasons since his breakout in 2021, Jones holds plenty of upside as a member of the Bombers' forward line.
Booting 35 goals from his 31 career games to date, the 22-year-old will be looking to bring his aerial attributes back into the Bombers' mix with a clean run at the upcoming pre-season.
Jones is excited to extend his tenure with his boyhood club as the young side looks ahead to 2024.
“I’m really happy to re-sign with the club. After a couple of frustrating years with injury, I’m confident my body is in good shape to have my best pre-season,” Jones said.
“Our list is in a good spot and we’re one year into a new football system under Brad (Senior Coach Brad Scott). I’m optimistic our best footy is ahead of us."
Bryan continued to develop strongly throughout the 2023 season, featuring in a career-high eight games at AFL level and averaging 17 hit-outs per game.
Registering a career-high 15 disposals and 29 hit-outs against the Swans in round 20, the 21-year-old continues to show the attributes which make him such an exciting prospect for the Bombers alongside ruck partner Sam Draper.
Being a part of the progression of the Bombers’ young core was a key factor in Bryan’s decision to ink a new deal.
“I’ve loved my time at Essendon and I’m excited to recommit for a further two years. I’ve got great faith in what we’re building at the club, and we have a young list coming through together who will play their best footy in the years ahead,” Bryan said.
“As a group we’re hungry for success and we’re committed to driving each other so that we can bring success back to Essendon members and fans.”
With veteran ruck Andrew Phillips announcing his retirement this season, Bryan is shaping as an integral piece to the Bombers’ tall stocks in 2024 and beyond.
GM of List and Recruiting Adrian Dodoro is thrilled to see the pair commit to the club, citing it as further reason for excitement among the Bombers faithful.
“Nick continues to impress with his dedication to getting better and he was justly rewarded with senior opportunities this season. Nick’s best footy is ahead of him and we look forward to seeing him continue to grow within our football environment,” Dodoro said.
“Harry shows plenty of potential and we’re confident he can improve to be one of the brightest young forwards in the game with some consistent footy.
“They both have bright futures at Essendon, and we’re excited to see what they can bring in season 2024 and beyond.”