Libba inks new AFL deal with Bulldogs

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Western Bulldogs cult hero Tom Liberatore has taken himself out of the AFL free agency pool, signing a new two-year contract with the club.

Recruited in 2010 as a father-son selection, the tough midfielder always looked likely to extend his stay at the Bulldogs despite being eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of this year.

The fresh deal will see Liberatore remain at Whitten Oval until at least the end of the 2023 season.

"It's very exciting to stay on for another couple," Liberatore said.

"I'm certainly looking forward to the next couple of years, and obviously this year as well."

Hampered by knee injuries in previous seasons, Liberatore has played every game for the Bulldogs in 2021, leading the team in clearances, contested possessions and tackles.

The 29-year-old has been an important cog in what is arguably the competition's best midfield, which has put the Dogs firmly in premiership contention.

"It's been good to be consistent and keep myself healthy," Liberatore said.

"That allows me to get out on the park and play some good footy each week.

"It's been extremely pleasing to be part of a group that's got a lot of chemistry.

"I think we're in a good place to keep playing good footy and keep challenging the best teams. It's exciting times ahead."

Liberatore has played 163 games for the Bulldogs since making his debut in 2011, winning the club's best-and-fairest award in 2014.

The 2016 premiership midfielder is the son of Bulldogs club legend and 1990 Brownlow medallist Tony Liberatore.

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