Exciting young Essendon forward Jayden Laverde says he is keen to remain at the club, despite contract talks not exactly flowing throughout the year.
The first round pick in the 2014 draft suffered a shoulder injury earlier this season, keeping him out of the senior side for almost three months.
Laverde says that he "definitely" wants to remain at the club as he believes there is an exciting future building for the club.
"I've left it with my management group. They're in some talks at the moment but I just wanted to leave it with them," Laverde told AFL.com.au.
"I obviously haven't played a lot of footy this year so I just wanted to get out there and enjoy being back and try and cement a spot in the side.
"Being injured for most of the season it can get a bit annoying on the sidelines and being in the rehab group, so I just really want to get out there instead of worrying about off-field issues."
Laverde played just his second game for the season against the Saints, where he gathered nine disposals, and kicked two crucial goals.