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Palmer one of five Dockers to re-sign

By Justin Chadwick 01/09/2009 07:10:41 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle have ensured the new Gold Coast franchise won't poach their best young gun by re-signing star midfielder Rhys Palmer until the end of the 2011 AFL season.

The Dockers also announced they have re-signed former Bombers duo Dean Solomon and Kepler Bradley on one-year deals, while tagger Ryan Crowley has agreed to a new two-year deal.

Youngster Tim Ruffles, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in round 17, is another to put pen to paper, accepting a one-year extension on his current two-year contract, tying him to the club until the end of 2011.

But the contract standoff between Paul Hasleby and the club continues, with the two parties yet to agree on a new deal.

Palmer, 20, won last year's Rising Star award but ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Sydney in round five this year and missed the rest of the season.

His loss was compounded by the absence of Ryan Crowley, who suffered a season-ending foot injury just one round later.

"Rhys has been working very diligently on his rehabilitation and we are really looking forward to having him back out on the field next season," Fremantle manager of player management Brad Lloyd said.

"Ryan is an important player for the club and we are really looking forward to having him back in action in 2010."

Solomon, 29, has been rewarded for another consistent season in which he played 18 games and provided valuable support around the midfield and in defence.

Bradley, 23, finished the season strongly as a back-up to ruckman Aaron Sandilands.

He also made the most of his stints up forward, booting eight goals in his last seven games of the season.

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