Aiden Bonar says it’s the potential of North Melbourne’s young group that makes him excited about putting pen to paper for an additional two years.
The contract will see him at Arden St until at least the end of 2023.
“Super-stoked, another two years with the club, I’m just really excited for the future,” Bonar told North Media.
“We’ve been going super well … so exciting times for the club.
“I’m loving it at the moment … I guess with the age demographic everyone’s sort of similar age, so we’re all sort of doing the same thing so it’s easy to connect and then the older guys in Jack Ziebell, [Robbie] Tarrant and all the blokes like that, they really help out and buy-in.”
Bonar said the energy David Noble brings makes the club an exciting place to be.
“He just keeps the vibes up around the place … we’ve had three wins this year but you wouldn’t know that coming in, it’s like we’ve won every week,” he added.
“Just to come in and he’s really helping out, he’s explaining things thoroughly, we know exactly what we’re doing when we go out there and play our way.”
Despite facing time on the sidelines after suffering a serious corky in Round 2, then undergoing surgery on his ankle after an incident in Round 8, the 22-year-old says he is looking forward to repaying the faith of the club.
Bonar played in a scratch match on Saturday - his first game in nine weeks since injuring his ankle.
“[The] club has showed a lot of faith and obviously I can’t wait to get back and start playing again … [I’ve] just been really unlucky with the sort of injuries I’ve had so I know if I get my body right and can get out there, I can play well,” he said.
“I played my first game last week and I’m hoping to put my hand up in the coming weeks [for AFL selection].”
Traded to North as an explosive mid/forward, Bonar has enjoyed a transition into the backline.
“I’ve loved it … I played a bit of my juniors down back so when I got asked if I could go back there … I was rapt,” he added.
North list manager, Glenn Luff, said it is another step in the right direction.
“Aiden is a very explosive and versatile player, as he’s shown since moving into defence,” Luff said.
“He provides some great flexibility for us down back, showing the ability to play on all types. He has earned the trust of his fellow defenders and has formed valuable connections with the likes of Luke McDonald, Ben McKay, Aidan Corr, Jack Ziebell, Robbie Tarrant and Josh Walker.
“We are building a reliable backline unit that will hold down the fort for years to come, and Aiden is an integral part of it.”
Bonar’s deal follows the recent extensions and re-signings of Will Phillips, Tom Powell, Charlie Lazzaro and Ben McKay.