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Eagles lock away impressive draftee Partington to new deal

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WEST Coast draftee Luke Partington has signed a one-year contract extension that will see him remain at the club until at least the end of 2018.

The South Australian has yet to play a single game with West Coast after being drafted with pick No.28 in last year's NAB AFL draft.

But the young midfielder has impressed so much in his first pre-season that the Eagles have already decided to extend his contract.

Football manager Craig Vozzo said that Partington had slotted into life at West Coast seamlessly.

"He has been very impressive in every respect since he arrived at the club," Vozzo said on the club's website.

"That hasn't surprised us at all because that was why we used our first selection on him at the draft.

"Luke has settled in quite nicely after relocating and has a great appetite to work hard and learn.

"Already he has earned the respect of the player group and coaching staff, we are confident he can be a successful long-term player at our club and we look forward to watching Luke's growth through this season and beyond."

Partington hails from the small South Australian town of Tumby Bay, 50km north of Port Lincoln.

He dominated for South Australia in last year's NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, winning All Australian honours after averaging 24 disposals across the carnival. He also played senior football in the SANFL for Norwood.

Partington was delighted to sign a contract extension and has set his sights on a senior debut this season.

"It's nice to get another year on the contract," Partington said.

"While I want to have an impact and play senior football this year, I'm also a realist and breaking into the midfield is going to be tough. But I am up for the challenge.

"The training has been challenging, which I expected, but I'm really enjoying it.

"The senior players and the coaching staff have been very accommodating, offering advice and direction around training and the game plan that has made things easier for me and the other young guys."

Partington is pushing for an opportunity in the NAB Challenge and the Eagles have not been afraid to play first-year players under Adam Simpson.

Liam Duggan, Jackson Nelson and Tom Lamb all played in the NAB Challenge last year after being drafted in 2014 and all three made their AFL debuts in the first two rounds last season.