THE Carlton Football Club has secured defender Mitch McGovern for a further two years.

McGovern’s commitment has come during a season in which he has engrained himself as an integral part of a Carlton defence that has conceded just over 70 points per game (ranked second in the competition).

The 28-year-old’s signature continues a run of re-signings at IKON Park, with McGovern joining teammates Tom De Koning, Nic Newman, Brodie Kemp, Alex Cincotta, Dom Akuei and Hudson O’Keeffe, who have all put pen to paper within the last month to remain in the Navy Blue.

McGovern’s intercept marking has proven to be a real strength, further displayed when he made the switch to the Blues’ backline following the 2021 season.

His defensive prowess is backed up by his work with ball in hand, exhibited by a disposal efficiency of 82.7 per cent for the season to date.

McGovern celebrated 100 AFL games and 50 Carlton games this season against Essendon (Round 13) and Sydney (Round 11) respectively.

Carlton Head of List Management Nick Austin said the Club is delighted to see McGovern continue his career at IKON Park.

“It is terrific to have Mitch re-sign with the Club until 2025. He’s had a really solid year as part of our defence, his most consistent with the Club so far,” Austin said.

“Mitch has slotted seamlessly into the backline since making the move, his intercept marking and ball use have been terrific assets to the way we want to play.

“We can’t wait to see what the next two years hold for Mitch at the Blues as he continues to hone his defensive craft and take his game to another level.”