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Monday, July 23, 2018

Five more years! Jeremy McGovern commits to Eagles on long-term deal

West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern has turned his back on free agency and signed a five-year contract extension with West Coast.
McGovern was rumoured to be weighing up big-money offers from several clubs, including cross-town rivals Fremantle, but said his intention was ultimately to remain with the Eagles.
The deal will tie him to the club until 2023, when he turns 31.
“It’s good news, I’m just stoked to be staying at the club,” McGovern said on Monday.
“I love the people at the club, the direction the club is taking and it’s exciting to be a part of that.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity the club has given me and it was a gut decision to extend my contract. It would have been nice to have locked it away a bit earlier, but these things take time.”
McGovern will reportedly earn in excess of $1 million a year and become the highest paid player in West Coast history – a far cry from the small salary he earned when selected with pick No.44 in the 2011 rookie draft.
Questions surrounded the key defender’s commitment to AFL football during his first few years at West Coast, with McGovern’s fitness the topic of concern.
But in 94 games since, the 26-year-old has transformed himself into the league’s premier intercepting defender and earned All-Australian selection in 2016 and 2017.
His signature is a fillip for the Eagles, who remain locked in negotiations to re-sign star wingman Andrew Gaff and ruckman Scott Lycett.
Lycett will reportedly meet his manager this week, while Gaff is further from making a decision.