Exciting small forward Sam Switkowski has committed to Fremantle for a further two seasons, signing a deal that will see him at the Club until at least the end of the 2023 season.
The announcement comes as the small forward is set to return from injury where he will be available for selection for Fremantle’s clash against Collingwood this Saturday.
Drafted at no.73 in the 2017 NAB National Draft, Switkowski has played 26 games and was in career-best form to start the season before breaking a finger in round three.
The 24-year-old said he was committed to seeing Fremantle take the next step in the coming seasons.
“I think the results are coming soon. It’s building that chemistry, playing as many games together as possible. We have new coaching staff this year and that’s helped a lot. I think it’s all coming together and success is only on the horizon.”
Switkowski won the Beacon Award in 2019 as Fremantle’s most promising young player in a season where he played 18 games. He said he was eager to get back to playing regular football after battling injury in the past two seasons.
“It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster injury wise for myself since I got to the club. It was a little bit up and down but I’ve played 26 games now and I’m hoping with my body, to find more consistency. I’ve been really happy with my performances out on the field this year,” Switkowski said.
“I was able to impact a bit more offensively, which was a bit of a room for improvement in my first couple of years at the club and I was still able to bring that pressure and defensive pressure and tackle, which is a strength of my game.
“To put that all together was really good in the first few rounds. I’ll be looking to bring that again in the second half of the season.”
Fremantle head of player personnel David Walls said the Club was thrilled with Switkowski’s desire to lead and make the whole team better.
“Sam’s got a real focus on the whole club having success and he’s really team orientated, we love that about him,” Walls said.
“He’s not all about himself. He’s focused on the team having success as he is with his own performance. We love what he brings and having him in the side.
“2020 was a really tough year for him but he worked really hard to get his body right. When he’s played for us, he’s really performed.
“Some of his early form this season was outstanding. We’re looking forward to getting him back into the team because he adds so much to us with his speed, pressure and he’s creative with setting goals up.”
Switkowski joins key forward Josh Treacy as players who have announced contract extensions this week.