Forward Jayden Laverde has recommitted to the Bombers, signing a one-year deal to keep him in the red and black until at least the end of 2021.
The 24-year-old earns a contract extension on the back of an impressive 2020 campaign cut short by a syndesmosis injury.
Playing six games to bring his career tally to 46, he placed equal seventh in the AFL for both goal assists (0.83) and tackles inside 50 per game (1.5).
Selected with pick No.20 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft, Laverde has become known as a hard-working forward who brings his teammates into the game.
The Western Jets product will look to bounce back from an injury-interrupted season and continue his development as a versatile forward.
“I’m rapt to remain in the red and black next season,” Laverde said.
“I feel as though I was able to improve and build on my game this year despite my ankle injury and I’m super excited to show that progress in 2021.”
“I do feel my best footy is certainly right around the corner and I know with another pre-season under my belt, I’m confident I can make an impact and add value to the team.
“I’m really looking forward to working under ‘Truck’ (Ben Rutten) for next season and I can’t wait to help drive this club forward.”
General manager of list and recruiting Adrian Dodoro said Laverde had a lot to offer to the club’s forward setup.
“We’re pleased to offer Jayden a one-year contract extension,” Dodoro said.
“We’ve been really impressed by the way Jayden has developed his game in recent times and he was most likely going to have standout year before suffering that ankle injury early in the season.
“We see Jayden as someone who can really add a lot to our forward line and play in a number of roles, and we know he’ll bounce back next season from his injury setback to have a real impact.
“We look forward to welcoming Jayden back for pre-season and contribute towards our 2021 campaign.”
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