West Coast defender Luke Foley will be striving to build on his encouraging 2021 campaign in coming seasons after re-signing with the Eagles for another two years.
Following on from a spate of recent contract extensions, Foley has committed with the club until at least the end of 2023.
“It’s great to be going around for another two seasons at the footy club,” said Foley, who was selected with pick 31 in the 2018 national draft.
“Three seasons in, it’s gone very quick.
“I’ve loved my time at the club.”
After making his debut in the final round last year, Foley made six more appearances this season and showed maturity in some important matches.
Playing his first full game for the year in round 12 at the SCG, the hard-running half-back gathered 16 disposals as a youthful Eagles side overcame Carlton.
He also provided an uplifting highlight by streaming through the middle to kick a memorable first goal from 50m just before three-quarter time at a critical moment in the hard-fought victory.
The following week was another step forward for the Subiaco product, with Foley staying cool in the Optus Stadium cauldron during an epic clash with Richmond, gathering 22 touches with seven marks in West Coast’s unforgettable comeback win.
“It was just nice to be able to come in from the WAFL and play a role and fit in, and not be too fazed by the occasion,” Foley said.
“I just wanted to take the opportunity while it was there. I thought they were my two better games for the season.
“It was nice to be able to get those on the board and contribute to the team.
“Hopefully I can build on that in years to come.
“Pushing for that regular spot in the team (is the goal), so that’s what I’ll be striving towards this pre-season and going into next year.”
Unlucky to lose his spot after the Richmond win as five players returned, Foley finished the year in the team in the last two games and shapes as part of the next generation of West Coast defenders.
“It was pleasing to see Luke continue his development again this year after having a taste of the AFL at the end of last season, and he is growing into a half-back role,” Recruiting and List Manager Rohan O’Brien said.
“The club is pleased to extend his contract for another two years and we are looking forward to him pushing for more senior opportunities alongside our other emerging defenders.”