Western Bulldogs midfielder Toby McLean has signed a three-year contract extension to remain at VU Whitten Oval.

The 22-year-old, who was due to come out of contract at the end of the 2019 season, has committed to the Club until at least the end of the 2022 season.

McLean has been a shining light for the Bulldogs this season, playing every game so far and averaging 25 disposals and six tackles per game, as well as kicking nine goals.

He is second at the Club for average tackles, third for average disposals and clearances and fourth for average inside 50s and contested possessions.

“It’s fantastic for Toby and the Club that we were able to secure him for an extra three years,” said Bulldogs’ General Manager of List and Recruiting, Sam Power.

“The improvement we’ve seen in Toby’s game has been great to watch.  He has established himself as a tough and courageous inside midfielder with an ability to impact in the forward half.

“Pleasingly for us, his best years are well and truly ahead of him, and we look forward to seeing him continue to improve his game.”

McLean is in his fourth season at the Bulldogs, after being selected with the Club’s first selection (pick 26) in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft.

“I was really excited when they came to me and said they wanted to sign me.  For it to be another four years, I’m stoked,” McLean said.

“The Club has really looked after me.  The people around the place is what really drives you to be the player and the person that you are.”