Essendon and Tayte Pears have agreed to a new two-year deal, the club announced on Monday.
The 23-year-old, who played 11 senior games in 2013, said: “Over the past season the club has stood strong. As a playing group we've become tighter and I can't wait to pull on the red-and-black again next season.
"We're really optimistic about the season ahead. We've just moved into our new training base and I'm looking forward to getting another full pre-season under my belt.”
Senior coach Mark Thompson said Tayte was a crucial component of the defensive unit, "a fantastic competitor, he worked extremely hard to earn his spot back in the side this season".
List manager Adrian Dodoro said Pears' new deal had all but finalised the playing list for 2014.
“We are really glad Tayte chose to stay, he's a WA boy and the opportunities to return home are never easy to turn down, he is a vital member of our defensive group and at 23 we expect his best football is still ahead of him,” Dodoro said.
“With Tayte putting pen to paper that finalises our senior list for 2014, the additions of Chapman, Edwards and Aylett and with two rookie selections still available, we're excited about where our squad is at heading into next season,” Dodoro said.