Essendon are set to recruit delisted Richmond premiership participant Jacob Townsend within the rookie draft.
The 26-year-old, reduce by the Tigers in October after 4 years on the membership, just lately toured the Dons’ Tullamarine headquarters.
He shot to fame when he kicked 11 objectives in his first two video games of the 2017 season – rounds 22 and spherical 23.
The NSW product remained within the aspect for the Tigers’ three finals and received a premiership in what was then simply his ninth recreation in yellow and black.
He performed simply 10 senior video games in 2018 and thought of a transfer on the finish of the season however remained on Richmond’s checklist for 2019, solely to make only one AFL look.
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A return to GWS, his authentic membership, loomed after Townsend was delisted final month however their curiosity didn’t advance.
Townsend acknowledged the Giants’ curiosity on the time, saying there’s “perhaps an opportunity there”.
“I might bounce on the likelihood to go again up there and end my profession the place it began,” he informed RSN final month.
As an alternative, a well-placed Bombers supply signifies Townsend can be reunited with former GWS teammates Devon Smith and Dylan Shiel at Tullamarine through the rookie draft.
Essendon added Tom Cutler (Brisbane) and Andrew Phillips (Carlton) within the commerce interval, whereas notable departures embrace Mitch Brown, Zac Clarke and retirees David Myers, Matt Dea and Mark Baguley.
Melbourne on Tuesday confirmed Brown will be part of the membership for the pre-season as he bids to earn one other AFL contract.
“It is thrilling that Mitch has accepted an invite to coach with us publish the draft on December 3,” Mahoney stated.
“Mitch is an skilled versatile tall and has proven that he can carry out at AFL stage.
“He’s an elite runner and a dependable shot at objective so it is going to be good to have him across the membership in the course of the pre-season.”
The Dees can supply Brown a rookie contract at any level between December and mid-March.