Reliable defender Hayden Crozier has put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension with the Western Bulldogs.
The 26-year-old has played 39 games in red, white and blue over the past two seasons, since being secured in a trade from Fremantle at the end of 2017.
He will now call the Kennel home until at least the end of 2023.
“To re-sign was one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made,” Crozier said.
“I absolutely love this Club and to be here until the end of 2023 is awesome.
“I’m really enjoying the challenge in defence, and I pride myself on being able to play tall or small. I’m happy to play wherever ‘Bevo’ wants me to and whatever role he wants me to.
“It’s a nice confidence-builder being able to go out on the ground every week knowing you have the full backing of your coaches and teammates.
“I want to be part of something special and I feel like we’ve got the group that can potentially take us there.”
Crozier featured in all but one AFL match for the Bulldogs last season, averaging more than 16 disposals and six marks per game across half-back.
Renowned for his aerial exploits, the forward-turned-defender has now played 108 AFL matches since making his debut for the Dockers in 2012.
General Manager of List and Recruiting, Sam Power, said Crozier had been a great acquisition for the Club.
“Hayden has shown continuous improvement and been a really consistent player for us over the past two seasons,” Power said.
“He’s slotted into our defensive group seamlessly and has finished in the top-10 in our best and fairest in both years.
“Hayden’s versatility and dependability are among his strengths. He’s able to play on taller and smaller opponents and shows tremendous courage in the air.
“We feel he will continue to grow and get better over the next three years.”