Essendon has a significant amount of cap space available for trade and free agency this offseason.
In addition, the former Bomber and Irish star can make a shocking return to AFL.
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The Bombers plan to be aggressive with the $3 million cap space
The cash-strapped Bombers reportedly have an unprecedented $3 million in cap space this offseason and plan to be aggressive in the trade and free agency market. Herald Sun.
It comes amid turmoil following the club’s seven-winning season as the Bombers embark on a search for a new manager, chief executive and several board members.
However, under-pressure Essendon boss Adrian Dodoro’s position is now secure and he is preparing to lead the club in the off-season and use the ample salary cap.
The report notes that the departures of Joe Daniher, Orazio Fantasia and Adam Saad two years ago wiped out more than $1.5 million in cap space, leaving more money for the recently retired Anthony MacDonald Tipunguti and Devon Smith.
It is believed that no player on the club will be paid more than $800,000 per season to provide enough flexibility through 2023.
The Bombers are also making a key forward move after Essendon agreed an $800,000-per-season deal for Suns young gun Isaac Rankin, who is now headed to the Adelaide Crows.
Among the players currently on the list are Bombers skipper Dyson Heppell, who is weighing up a one-year extension to his relationship with the Gold Coast Suns, and rivals Aaron Francis and Nick Bryan.
Heppel, 30, said. 7 news He will make future calls in the coming weeks.
“I’ll be weighing things up over the next few weeks,” Heppel said. But getting close – the club was awesome.
“It’s not far… We’ll come to a decision soon.”
McKenna eye shock AFL return
Former Bomber and Irish star Conor McKenna is reportedly considering a shock return to the AFL next season.
McKenna is believed to have told current Gaelic club Tyrone at the weekend that he plans to quit the club and return to Australia for the 2023 season.
AFL Media Callum Twomey reports that Geelong is among a number of AFL clubs interested in the speedster.
McKenna parted ways with the Bombers for good at the end of 2020, despite having a contract until 2021 to return to Ireland and continue his Gaelic football career after 79 appearances from 2015-2020.
“I have always been grateful for the support of myself and my family for Essendon since I came to the club from the other side of the world in late 2014,” he said.
“I will miss my teammates and coaches and I want to thank the Bomber fans for their support along the way. I always wish the boys well and hope they find success in the near future. “
The 26-year-old tweeted in September last year: “Do any AFL clubs need a half return?”
He starred in last year’s All-Ireland Senior Football Championship win over Kerry with two goals.