Bulldogs’ utility Laith Vandermeer has put pen to paper on a new deal that will see his time extend at VU Whitten Oval until at least the end of 2025.
Drafted at Pick 37 in the 2018 National Draft, Vandermeer has played 33 games in the red, white and blue, kicking 19 goals, providing valuable speed and endurance around the ground.
The 24-year-old broke into the AFL side during the 2020 season, playing 12 games and earning the Chris Grant Best First Year player award in that same season.
The youngster was thrilled to remain at the Bulldogs for a further two seasons.
“I’m extremely pumped,” Vandermeer said.
“The way we are heading is looking very promising, it’s exciting to sign for a couple of years and be a part of something special.
“From a personal point of view, I’ve had a disappointing start (to 2023) due to injury, for the club to be able to back me in and have some belief this time of the year certainly keeps me going.”
“I just want to get better each week, particularly with the boys in good form, I’ve just got to play my role each week and put my hand up for selection."
Bulldogs’ GM of List Management and Recruiting, Sam Power, was pleased to lock away Vandermeer into the future.
“Over his first five years in the red, white and blue, Laith has displayed some really exciting attributes on the field that benefit the way the Bulldogs play,” Power said.
“Laith has played some important roles for the football club, including during the 2021 Finals Series, culminating in playing as the sub in the Grand Final.”
“Given Laith’s age and experience we feel he has plenty of improvement still left in him and we’re excited as a Club to see what he can produce in the next few seasons.”