Just days after Nick Bryan and Alec Waterman re-committed to the Bombers, defender Mason Redman has inked a two-year contract extension.
The new deal will see the 23-year-old remain in the red and black until at least the end of 2023.
Taken at pick No.30 in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft from Glenelg, Redman made his debut in round seven, 2016.
He has played 49 senior games, featuring in all 12 this season as one of the Bombers’ most consistent performers.
His standout performance so far this season came again against Fremantle at Marvel Stadium in round nine, with the defender registering 24 disposals, four marks, four tackles and a goal in the seven-point win.
Redman said the direction of the football program under senior coach Ben Rutten was one of the main reasons he wanted to remain in the red and black.
“I just absolutely love this footy club, and I feel pretty proud to run out in the jumper every week,” Redman said.
“'Truck' (Rutten) has been huge for this group. He’s really clear in his expectations and what he demands from us and we all feel like we’re building something special.
“Seeing how much this group is enjoying just playing together this season is one of the reasons why I know we have a bright future ahead. We have a long way to go, and we are a developing side, but we are so hungry to take this club forward to achieve success. I’m rapt to be a part of that.”
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General manager of list and recruiting Adrian Dodoro said the club was pleased to secure Redman’s services for at least the next two years.
“Mason is an important player for the future of our club, and we are really pleased to see this reward for his effort and hard work,” Dodoro said.
“From the first day he arrived at the club, Mason has been a popular young member of the playing group and has matured into a wonderful young man. Week in and week out, he just plays for the jumper. He is a team-first player and has become a permanent fixture in our senior team this season.
“We look forward to seeing his continued growth as a defender in years to come.”
Redman’s re-signing follows that of Bryan, Waterman, Harrison Jones, Devon Smith and Brayden Ham in recent weeks.
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