DARCY Parish will remain with Essendon until at least the end of 2019 after signing a new two-year deal.
Parish, who was drafted with pick no.5 in the 2015 National Draft from the Geelong Falcons, has played 32 of a possible 37 games since making his debut in Round 1 last year.
“I’m really excited about our future and proud to sign on for two more years,” he said.
“We’ve got a great group of players, with a solid mix of youth and experience, and while we know we have a lot of hard work ahead of us, I really feel like we’re heading in the right direction.
“I truly believe we have the best members and supporters in the AFL, and to play in the big blockbuster games and represent them is a massive honour.”
Coach John Worsfold welcomed the decision by the Winchelsea product to commit his short-term future to Essendon.
“We’re really pleased to have Darcy commit to the Club for a further two years and continue on the journey we all started together,” Worsfold said.
“He’s part of an exciting young group of players who are not only fully invested, but really driving our culture and elite standards.
“We are pleased with Darcy’s development as a midfielder who can also have an impact when playing forward.
“With his continued hard work and mindset to achieve his potential at the elite level, we know he will be a strong contributor to the team success we are working towards.”
© AAP 2017