Essendon utility Kaine Baldwin will remain in the red and black until at least the end of 2024 after signing a new one-year deal.
Baldwin featured in four of the Bombers’ AFL games this year, including Essendon’s thrilling one-point Dreamtime victory, taking his total career tally to eight.
After an important year of growth, Baldwin said he is excited to remain at the club.
“I’m very excited to sign on for 2024. I feel as though 2023 was another really important foundation year for me, but I am ready to take the next step. I feel very motivated to show my value as a player and leader next year,” Baldwin said.
“I am really optimistic about the direction of our group, led by Brad Scott and Zach Merrett, but also the urgency for improvement from many other leaders.
“I’ve loved working with Michael Hurley and following defenders like Jordan Ridley and Andy McGrath in their endeavour to improve. I’m eager to continue performing through the pre-season, aiming to play consistent senior footy next season.”
The 21-year-old has impressed at VFL level this year, refining and developing his craft as a defender, further enhancing his versatility.
Across his 12 VFL games this season, Baldwin averaged 17 disposals, 13 kicks and seven marks.
After overcoming multiple ACL injuries, Baldwin joined the Bombers through the 2021 Supplemental Selection Period before making his debut against Geelong in round one of the 2022 season.
General Manager of List and Recruiting Adrian Dodoro says the club is excited to see Baldwin’s potential as a defender.
“Kaine has worked extremely hard this year to learn and refine his craft as a defender and has shown a lot of potential in the new position across VFL and AFL level,” Dodoro said.
“He has excellent work ethic and is very mature for a 21-year-old. After multiple injury setbacks, it’s fantastic to see Kaine playing consistent football and I look forward to seeing what he achieves in the future.”