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Young duo sign on

Alex Pearce kicked his first AFL goal after a gutsy run down tackle on Giants' Ryan Griffen. After three attempts Alex Pearce finally kicked his first AFL goal

Fremantle’s future is in good hands with the club securing promising young players Alex Pearce and Lachie Weller until the end of the 2018 season.

Both extended their contracts for a further two years, after debuting in 2015.

Pearce played 13 games after breaking into the side in round six.

The 198cm key-position player is an exciting prospect for Fremantle in coming years.

Pearce, who is spending time with family and friends in his home state of Tasmania, said he is excited to stay.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Fremantle,” Pearce said.

“I’ve played some AFL games this year and that was really exciting but my focus is now on playing more in 2016.”

The 20-year-old missed the finals series due to shin soreness.

“I was disappointed not to play in the finals and that is a real driver for me over the pre-season,” he said.

“I want to continue to build my body and I’m always trying to improve.”

Weller played three games in 2015 and was a prolific ball-winner for Fremantle’s partner club Peel Thunder in the WAFL.

The 19-year-old was the club’s top pick at pick 13 in last year’s NAB AFL Draft.

Weller said he was relieved to stay at Fremantle.

“I’m keen to head to into the pre-season with the certainty of staying at Fremantle,” he said.

“I’ve loved my time at the club.

“I can’t wait to get into the pre-season and keep improving in every way.

“I’m still building my body and learning the physicality of AFL.”

Fremantle general manager of player management Brad Lloyd said it was a terrific result for the club to re-sign the pair.

“Alex showed last year he’s more than capable at the highest level,” Lloyd said.

“He has great attributes for a young developing tall with his athletic ability and temperament.

“Lachie was our first pick last year and he is a quality young player.

“He has a very large running capacity and is highly skilled.

“We’re looking forward to him continuing to develop.”

Fremantle’s first to four year players return to the training track on Monday 23 November.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs