Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce Orazio Fantasia has extended his contract with the Bombers for an additional two years.

The contract extension will see Fantasia don the sash until at least the end of 2021.

Fantasia said he was never in doubt about his future with the Bombers.

“The decision to remain at Essendon was easy. I will always miss my family and friends but Essendon is like my second home, I have been here for five years and to stick around for another three is going to be awesome,” Fantasia said.

“There is an incredible bond between all of the boys, we really care for each other. I am confident we are heading in the right direction as a group.

“I believe the future of the club is bright, it’s really exciting. If we stick together as a group for the next few years, the possibilities of what we can achieve are endless.”

Fantasia has played 60 games for Essendon since being selected by the Bombers with pick number 55 in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft.

Senior Coach, John Worsfold, said Fantasia’s attitude and commitment to the club are admirable. 

“At only 22 years of age his leadership both on and off the field are outstanding. He consistently demonstrates the values of the Essendon Football Club,” Worsfold said.

"Orazio is an exciting young player for the club. His willingness to learn gives me a lot of confidence in what he can achieve.

“He is an outstanding role model and leader and we are excited to have him at the club for a further three years.”