Bellcham­bers works to­wards new con­tract

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

ESSENDON ruck­man Tom Bellcham­bers wants to get the most out of the AFL’s un­prece­dented COVID-19 out­age and lay the foun­da­tions for a con­tract ex­ten­sion.

Bellcham­bers is one of a host of front­line Bombers with­out con­tracts be­yond 2020, but the 30-year-old has “not put much thought” into next year, fo­cused solely on stay­ing in shape to­wards the AFL restart.

“There's a lot of peo­ple out of con­tract and the un­cer­tainty wouldn’t help that but I’ve been in this po­si­tion enough times through­out my ca­reer,” Bellcham­bers said.

“I un­der­stand my destiny is in my own hands still.

“For me it’s been about con­tin­u­ing with the train­ing and putting my­self in a po­si­tion for when we re­turn that I’ll play some good foot­ball.

“I’m re­ally con­fi­dent I can do that and play a key part in the Essendon Foot­ball Club win­ning games of foot­ball.

“If I do that, the rest of the con­tract stuff will take care of it­self. I’m not get­ting any younger but I still be­lieve I’ve got a lot to of­fer on and off field.”

Essendon has only Bellcham­bers and Andrew Phillips as es­tab­lished ruck­men, with the highly-rated and signed fourth-year big man Sam Draper the ul­ti­mate suc­ces­sor.

Draper, who had a knee re­con­struc­tion last May was ex­pected to fig­ure promi­nently in 2020, hav­ing re­jected lu­cra­tive ad­vances in the off-season from ri­val clubs.

Pic­ture: DANIEL POCKET/GETTY

Tom Bellcham­bers (right) at a Bombers train­ing ses­sion

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