FREMANTLE speedster Stephen Hill has signed a two-year contract with the club, locking him in until the end of 2021.
Hill and brother Bradley have both been the subject of trade discussions in recent times, but after a turbulent two weeks at the club – which saw coach Ross Lyon and CEO Steve Rosich sacked – the 29-year-old has recommitted.
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Hill's 2019 was decimated by quad and calf injuries, managing just three senior games, taking his career tally to 206 over 11 seasons.
"I've been here for 11 years now, and I love the playing group," Hill said in a video on the club website.
"It was pretty easy to stay with this club, to be able to get another two years, I'm pretty excited. I've had a rough couple of years with injuries, but I'm confident I can get them right and excited to play some footy," Hill said.
"I feel like we're a young group and I'm excited to be part of the next couple of years, hopefully we can see some success."
Fremantle has lost a fair bit of experience in the last couple of weeks with the retirements of Aaron Sandilands and Hayden Ballantyne.
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It leaves Hill as one of the most senior players at the club, despite him being a year shy of 30.
"I think I'm the second oldest at the club behind Dave Mundy, so I'm a senior player and I'm just going to keep leading with this young group and share my knowledge," Hill said.
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"I know when I was a young kid coming through, having the senior guys like 'Pav' (Matthew Pavlich) and (Luke) McPharlin, guys like that you look up to, it plays a big part."