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Eagles re-sign young defensive duo

Rotham and Edwards re-sign Josh Rotham and Harry Edwards extends his contract with the West Coast Eagles.

The West Coast Eagles has locked away two exciting young defenders with Josh Rotham and Harry Edwards both extending their tenures with the club.

Rotham, who made his AFL debut in round three against Collingwood, has played two games in 2019 and has looked at home at the top level when called upon by Adam Simpson.

The versatile defender says he’s thrilled to sign-on until the end of 2021.

“It’s really exciting, I’m so glad to be able to sign the two-year extension,” Rotham said.

“The young backline that we have all bring something different to the table, the backline unity is great, we’re a really tight unit.

“There’s some really good senior heads down there, really driving the young boys, we know what we need to do each week.”

Rotham says finally making his AFL debut was a reward for three years of hard work.

“It’s my third year on the list now, so to finally get that reward and go in and play my role was really exciting for me,” he said.

“It was awesome to go over to Melbourne with my family and my teammates, and to get the win was even better.”

Edwards’ rapid development since arriving at the club via the Rookie Draft has earned him a one-year extension, keeping him at the club until the end of 2020.

“Obviously I’m stoked to re-sign with the club for another year, I came in as a young 18 year-old with one year on the contract, so that security is great,” Edwards said.

“I came in with an ankle injury, so I just wanted to get out there and play some footy with the boys, obviously starting in the WAFL.

“I feel like I had a strong start to the year, unfortunately I’m injured now, but I got to show what I was made of and I feel like that’s why I got another year.

“We’re a pretty tight-knit group, everyone’s really welcoming, and obviously I’m the youngest there and they’ve incorporated me nicely; I feel at home.”

Despite the disappointment of the foot injury that has put his 2019 season on hold, Edwards is looking at the positives.

“There’s not a lot you can do, I have to look at the ‘pros’,” he said.

“I get to work on my strength in the gym, work on other things like learning how to play as a back a bit better, watching more vision because I’ve got more time now.”