Tom Liberatore’s extraordinary career will extend into a 15th AFL season after agreement on a one-year contract extension at Mission Whitten Oval.

The 31-year-old is locked into the Club until at least the end of 2025, rewarded for his remarkable consistency with an early extension this season.

Drafted as a father-son in the 2010 National Draft, Liberatore has carved out an exceptional career that includes an AFL Premiership and Charles Sutton Medal, as well as being named vice-captain of his boyhood club in 2024.

Liberatore averaged 27 touches per game last season and was named in the All-Australian squad of 40.


Bulldogs General Manager of List and Recruiting Sam Power was delighted to keep Liberatore at the Kennel for at least another season.

“Tom epitomises the heart and soul of the Western Bulldogs and we’re thrilled to extend him into 2025,” Power said.

“His level of consistency over a long period of time stands up with some of the best midfielders in the competition, alongside his ability to lead and bring younger players with him on the journey.

“Being named vice-captain this season was great reward for Tom. He’s a very popular member of the locker room and leads by example on field, playing a selfless role through our midfield.

“Tom really believes in what the Club is building on and off field and fans should look forward to seeing the No. 21 running out for years to come.”

Liberatore was pleased to have his contract locked away for another season.


“I’m rapt to sign again, it has been a great journey so far,” Liberatore said.

“It is really nice to get it done this early particularly given the start to the season and I am focused on what we’re building here at the Club.

“I’ll try and catch the old man, think he played for 16 years so I’m one behind.

“It is a great honour to play for the Club I grew up supporting and to play in the same place Dad did for such a long period of time is a great privilege and honour.

“The connection between the old and young players is really strong, the VFL is going well, obviously a long way to go but the future is looking exciting.”