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McGrath re-signs with Bombers, Crows confirm Fantasia wants to move back to SA

Essendon star Andrew McGrath has re-signed with the club, the announcement coming the same day the Crows confirmed Orazio Fantasia is keen to return to South Australia.

McGrath's re-signing comes after his teammates Joe Daniher and Adam Saad announced they wished for moves to Brisbane and Carlton, respectively.

Bombers star Andrew McGrath has signed a two-year contract extension.Credit:Getty Images

Essendon have been prepared for the prospect that Fantasia will seek a trade back to South Australia, the speedy forward having entertained a trade to his home state and Port Adelaide last year, before deciding to stay. Fantasia's girlfriend is based in Adelaide.

The Crows' head of football Adam Kelly told SEN SA radio said they were keen to talk to any South Australian who wanted to return home.

"We understand he wants to come back to South Australia," he said.

"Any player that's gone interstate who wants to return home we're keen to talk to and understand what their motivations are.

"We're just not sure where that one will lie and how that will play out, but we're always keen to talk to South Australians who want to come home."

Orazio Fantasia entertained a move back to South Australia last trade period.Credit:Getty Images

Kelly said Fantasia's history with injury would be taken into account in any decision the Crows made.

"As you'd imagine there would be some obvious concern there. I think he's played 33 games over the last three years, so he's had some durability issues," he said.

"If we went down that path our medical team would make a thorough assessment because that obviously is an area of risk, but hopefully for Orazio it's something that can be managed and he can get back to the footy he was playing [at his best]."

The 22-year-old McGrath has signed a two-year contract extension to tie him to the club until at least the end of 2022.

"It's great to be able to put pen to paper on a new deal and I'm thankful to the club for the opportunity and faith they continue to show in me. I am extremely determined to get the best out of myself and this whole playing group in order for us to move forward as a club," McGrath said.

"There is real belief amongst the players in the next phase we enter under 'Truck' [coach Ben Rutten], and there is some great young talent throughout our playing group so our supporters should be excited by this. Our young group combined with our experienced leaders are extremely committed to growth, improvement and success in the coming years."

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