West Coast has secured an important player for the club’s future with exciting midfielder Campbell Chesser committing to remain in blue and gold until at least the end of 2025.
The 19-year-old, who was already signed up for next year, has extended his contract by a further two seasons.
“I’m really happy to be on board until the end of 2025 at this stage,” Chesser told westcoasteagles.com.au.
“We’ve got a great group of young guys at the moment coming through and some older, experienced players around as well.
“It’s a good place to be at the moment and we’re all really focused on our development, and I think the next few years are going to be really exciting.”
Before being sidelined by a season-ending ankle injury, Chesser showed over summer why the Eagles swooped on him with pick 14 in last year’s national draft.
His burst of speed and skill excited track watchers and had him in the mix for a round one debut, but injury in his first practice match put those ambitions on hold.
It was a frustrating setback after Chesser showed his commitment by leaving family in Albury and quarantining in Perth over the Christmas period, so he could join his teammates when pre-season training resumed in January.
In recent weeks he has made a return to the track at Mineral Resources Park as he builds towards playing again next season.
“It has been good to get back into routine and get around the boys,” Chesser said.
“I think I’ll be running, maybe on the Alter-G (treadmill) in three-to-four weeks hopefully at this stage. That will be exciting.
“It was really disappointing to hurt my ankle just on the eve of the season.
“Had a pretty solid pre-season and I was feeling pretty good coming into games, just slowly getting back into footy again after COVID-interrupted and partly injury-interrupted (end to) junior football.
“But my rehab is going really well. It’s progressing nicely and whilst it was a decent surgery and it’s going to take a while and going to have to take a conservative approach, it’s tracking really well at the moment.”
Although Chesser has been unable to pull on the Eagles guernsey in an official game yet, he has enjoyed watching fellow 2022 draftees Brady Hough, Jack Williams and Greg Clark make their debuts amid plenty of opportunity for youth so far this season.
“Our development program has been amped up and it’s been really good,” Chesser said.
“It’s exciting for the guys getting opportunity this year and I’m pretty keen to hopefully join them next year and for years to come.”