Brent Stanton
Brent Stanton

Essendon has put an end to speculation with the re-signing of star midfielder Brent Stanton for a further three years.

In a major coup, the Bombers unveiled seven new deals on Wednesday, with the services of Courtenay Dempsey, Ben Howlett and Michael Hibberd also secured by the club.

Youngsters Luke Davis, Alex Browne and Ariel Steinberg also committed their futures to the club.

Stanton, 26, will remain a Bomber until the end of the 2015 season having played 177 games for Essendon.

After working out the finer details of the deals, Essendon coach James Hird said the bevy of signings, in particular Stanton's, was very exciting for the club.

"Internally there's no doubt we hold this group of seven players in high regard," Hird said.

"Off the back of Hurls and Paddy re-singing earlier this year, we feel this group's commitment is a show of faith in the game plan and goals we have set ourselves as a club.

"We know we still have a lot of work to do, but I think this playing group has the belief and talent, and I think our members and supporters should be excited about the direction Essendon Football Club is heading."

Stanton is the seventh and final player to be revealed in Essendon's 're-signing Facebook reveal' with speedster Dempsey also committing to the club until the end of 2015.

"His form in recent weeks has been exhilarating and we know he can potentially be a really good player for us," Essendon general manager Paul Hamilton said.

"The run he has been able to create off the wing and half back, with his sublime skills has made him a favourite of the fans."

Former rookie Howlett has developed into a consistent midfielder for the Bombers with the West Australian signing on until the end of 2014, while 22-year-old Hibberd has also signed a new two-year deal.

Drafted at pick 48 in the 2010 draft, 20-year-old Browne has played five games, emerging as an inside midfielder and has committed to the club for another season along with Steinberg, who is yet to make his senior debut.

Davis, a promising defender, has yet to play a game for the Bombers but is set to make an impression in 2013 after battling a number of injury setbacks.


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