Fremantle has staved off approaches from AFL newcomer Western Sydney by re-signing utility player Nick Suban until the end of the 2012 season.
Suban was already contracted to the Dockers until the end of next season but the club moved swiftly to extend the deal. As an uncontracted player in 2011, Suban could have been recruited by Western Sydney without having to go through the draft.
Fremantle player management manager, Brad Lloyd, said the club was delighted Suban wanted to commit to the club while still under contract.
"He was originally signed until 2011 but has agreed to a contract extension through to the end of the 2012 season. Nick is a young player who is excited about the direction Fremantle is taking and wants to be a part of it in the longer-term," Lloyd said.
Suban, who along with fellow 2009 debutant Stephen Hill, played all 22 games last year, was Fremantle's second round selection (pick 24 overall) in the 2008 national draft.
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