Esava Ratugolea has signed a two-year contract extension with Geelong extending until 2023.

The 22-year-old will play his 50th AFL game this weekend after debuting round 1, 2018.

“I can’t wait to see what this group does going forward, and I want to be a part of it so it’s very exciting times,” Ratugolea said.

“I got drafted with a few of the blokes who have signed on, Jack Henry, Mark O’Connor and Brandan Parfitt. I love the group, I can’t wait to develop my footy and grow with this club.”

Geelong’s general manager of football Simon Lloyd said the club is delighted to have Ratugolea sign on.

“Esava continues to develop his football craft in a number of roles both in the ruck and up forward,” Lloyd said.

“He’s exciting to watch and has great potential to build on his first 49 games of AFL experience. 

“We see Esava as a key part of the club’s next generation, and we are pleased to have secured his services.”

Ratugolea has played 9 AFL games in 2021.