Small forward Cody Weightman has re-signed with the Western Bulldogs until the end of 2023.
The 20-year-old has committed to a two-year contract extension on the back of some impressive form at AFL level.
Weightman has kicked 16 goals from nine matches this season, adding another element to the Bulldogs’ forward mix.
He made his AFL debut in 2020 – playing three games in his first year – after joining the Bulldogs with pick 15 in the 2019 NAB AFL Draft.
“I’m really excited to be part of this group and it’s great to have another couple of years locked in,” Weightman said.
“We’re building something special and growing as a group. That’s allowing me to develop as an individual and as a player – I’m playing with confidence and feel like this group is helping to bring out the best in me.
“I was able to spend time developing as a player in the VFL earlier this year and our program made sure I was ready for when I got my shot at AFL level.
“I feel like I’m making the most of my opportunity at the moment and hopefully I can keep doing that.”
Weightman earned a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination in round 10 this year, kicking two goals from 14 disposals against St Kilda.
His 16 goals see him sitting behind only Josh Bruce (41), Aaron Naughton (34) and Marcus Bontempelli (21) for scoreboard impact at the Bulldogs this season.
“Cody has started to establish himself as a dangerous forward at AFL level and we’re really excited about his future,” General Manager of List Management and Football Projects, Sam Power, said.
“He got a taste of senior football last season in what was a challenging year to be a first-year player and made some great strides with his development at VFL level in the early stages of 2021.
“Cody came into the AFL side ready to make an impact. His strengths are his goal sense, pressure game and aerial abilities – particularly for his size. Those skills have complemented the players around him and have added to the potency of our forward line.”