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Joel Hamling, Sam Switkowski sign contract extensions with Fremantle Dockers

Key defender Joel Hamling has resisted the lure of free agency to sign a four-year contract extension with Fremantle.

The Dockers have also secured small forward Sam Switkowski for another two years on the back of an impressive pre-season campaign.

Hamling, who was cut by Geelong before winning a premiership with the Bulldogs, would’ve qualified as a delisted free agent when his contract expired at season’s end.

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But the 25-year-old leadership group member will remain tied to the club until at least the end of 2023, and appears a good chance of playing the rest of his career in purple.

“I’m honoured to be part of the club for the next five years and really getting stuck into my role,” Hamling said.

“I’m feeling really good about my footy. I’ve had a full pre-season this year. It’s season eight for me now so I’m really comfortably in my body and my ability.

“I’m just looking forward to round one, just getting stuck into it again.”

Switkowski, 22, managed two games in his debut season, including an impressive 17-disposal performance against grand finalists Collingwood in round 23.

The injury-prone small forward looked likely to break into Fremantle’s round one side before straining his hamstring during the club’s pre-season clash with Collingwood earlier this month.

But Switkowski believes he can still play a significant role in the club’s 2019 campaign.

“I had a little bit of a setback a couple of weeks ago but it’s very minor and the recovery is going really well,” Switkowski said.

“I’ve had a really good pre-season – probably my best pre-season for a long time.

“It’s just great to be able to extend and take a little bit of pressure off this year and just focus on my footy. Knowing that I’ll be here for at least a couple more years is really exciting.”

The club is yet to list a timeframe for Switkowski’s return.

Fremantle will kick off its season against North Melbourne at Optus Stadium next Sunday, with the first bounce at 3.20pm.

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