WEST Coast young gun Liam Duggan will feature in the blue and gold until at least the end of 2021 after inking a new three-year deal.
Drafted with pick 11 at the 2014 National Draft, Duggan has played 46 games for the club, including 20 last year.
Eagles list manager Brady Rawlings said the club expected Duggan to take the next step in his AFL career.
“He is respected across al levels of the club and is a natural leader,” said Rawlings.
“We have been really excited with Liam’s growth, particularly over the last 18 months. What we have seen in this pre-season has been very encouraging and, at only 21 years of age, we anticipate that he will continue to grow and become a very important player for us for a long time to come.”
Duggan – who is expected to spend more time in the midfield this season following the retirements of greats of the game in Matt Priddis and Sam Mitchell – Duggan said he was excited about the challenge that lay ahead.
“Since we do have such a young group, at the ripe old age of 21 I’m middle of the road for our age, so it’s good for my development, my leadership and my footy in helping those young boys getting along and getting up to speed,” Duggan said.
“Hopefully I’ll play a bit more time in the midfield this year and pinch-hit down back. But wherever I play, it’s about playing my role and doing the best that I can.”