Eagles coup as McGovern signs on
WEST Coast swingman Jeremy McGovern is staying at the Eagles after signing a five-year extension.
The club confirmed on Monday the star big man had agreed to a new deal, keeping him at the club until end of 2023.
The contract extension is believed to be worth about $1 million a year.
The free agent was being courted by several clubs including Fremantle.
McGovern said he was thrilled with the extension.
"It's good news; I'm just stoked to be staying at the club," McGovern said.
"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.
"I'm pleased it is done and now I can focus on the rest of the season. Hopefully my decision puts a few West Coast fans at ease."
West Coast Eagles general manager of football, Craig Vozzo, said it was a great result for the club.
"This is a terrific result for both the football club and Jeremy," Vozzo said.
"He is a very important member of our squad, leadership group and an outstanding player.
"It is a very significant decision and gives us some great stability going forward. He's a popular member of the team and one of the AFL's premier defenders. We have also been really pleased with his continued growth as a leader.
"At 26 years of age, we believe Jeremy has a lot of football ahead of him and we look forward to contributing to his continued growth both on and off the field."