FREMANTLE has locked away a key cog in its future with midfielder Connor Blakely signing a three-year contract extension that will see him feature in purple until at least the end of 2022.
Blakely is one of the club’s most promising young on-ballers, but has endured a campaign hampered by injury with the 23-year-old missing the first eight matches of the season with a hamstring problem.
However, he has made a strong return and is on course for a fourth successive season of averaging more than 20 possessions per game across both half-back and through the midfield.
Dockers list manager Mark Micallef said Blakely has been growing as a footballer and a leader.
“Connor is someone who we see developing as an emerging leader at the club,” said Micallef.
“We’re excited about what he can deliver for the club now and in the future.
Micallef said the club was pleased with how Blakely has bounced back from a tough injury run and added that Blakely’s versatility would be an asset for Fremantle going forward.
“Connor’s size, athleticism and running ability, as well as his ability to play half-back and also develop as an inside midfielder – we see that as a really strong component to our mix,” Micallef said.
“Unfortunately he sustained those injuries over the past 12 months, but his rehab and his approach to his recovery was fantastic.”
“He always came in and did the extra work, he got his body 100 per cent right and you can see that with his performance right now.”
“We’re sure he’ll be a very exciting player for Fremantle for a long period of time.”
Blakely has played 56 AFL games since joining the Dockers with pick 34 at the 2014 National Draft.