#12 Will Setterfield

At 192cm, Setterfield will provide the Bombers with a physical presence in the midfield while also having the versatility to transition onto the wing.

oh ffs here we go


Posting it

Setterfield lands at the NEC Hangar

Dons secure Will Setterfield.

Will Setterfield is set to wear the red and black in 2023 after Essendon traded with Carlton to acquire the services of the midfielder.

The club’s first trade in the 2022 Continental Tyres AFL Trade Period saw the Bombers secure Setterfield and pick No.68, with Carlton receiving a future fourth-round pick.

Hailing from Albury in New South Wales, Setterfield was drafted by GWS in the 2016 NAB AFL Draft with pick No.5 before being traded to Carlton ahead of the 2019 season.

A hybrid midfielder, the 24-year-old has played 57 games, averaging 15.7 disposals, 9.6 kicks and 6.1 handballs* per game.

Setterfield played 13 games for Carlton this season, with a career-best performance in round 22 against the Demons, where he collected 26 disposals and six tackles.

At 192cm, Setterfield will provide the Bombers with a physical presence in the midfield while also having the versatility to transition onto the wing.

General manager of list and recruiting Adrian Dodoro said Setterfield was an excellent addition to the Bombers’ list.

“We are thrilled to have Will join the club. We have rated Will highly ever since the 2016 draft, so to have him on board is fantastic,” Dodoro said.

“Our objective for this trade period was to get a big-bodied inside midfielder and at 192cm, Will is exactly that.

“Will has the potential to be an excellent footballer and we look forward to seeing his growth once at the club.”

Setterfield said he was thrilled to join the Bombers.

“I’m absolutely pumped to be joining the Bombers and I can’t wait to get started,” Setterfield said.

“It’s an exciting time for the football club with Brad Scott taking over as coach and I’m looking forward to getting to work with him as well as meeting my new teammates and building a strong connection with them.

“I feel that I play my best football as an inside midfielder and after speaking with Brad recently, I’m extremely excited and looking forward to the opportunity to pull on the red and black each week.”

Essendon’s trade period is proudly brought to you by Homedics.


Didn’t we get one last year with Hobbs?

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Similar attributes to the Bont and Mundy. Yes please.

At his previous clubs, seemed to be at the back of the cue, which is strange given his obvious in-demand traits. Is it because, Setterfield was too much like what those clubs already had on their list? Surplus to needs?

Either way, will be good to see a big bodied mid finally do their thing in Essendon’s engine room. Reckon he’ll go well.


It’s taken 10 years but we finally have a BIG BODIED MID!!


At least Nino will stop complaining about us not having a BBM

He fits the stoppage role we tried so hard to get Langford to do.
I think he’s a good pick up, role player that will support Parish and Shiel.


Nino crying with joy right now.

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this will be, along with PETER WRIGHT the biggest trade steal of all time

and we got him from flower carlton

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I like this pickup

Death, taxes and……

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Will be happy for him to captain our cricket team over summer.

Because he knows how to Setterfield.

Oh dear.


Was he a bombers fan?

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“We’ve only got 1 BBM! Stupid club.”


Welcome! Very pleasing.


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So can we now shutdown the talk that Dodoro dosent do anything during trade period? I mean pick 68!

Hi Will, welcome!

Hopefully we now trade Langford out

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Great pickup.
May or may not make it, but obviously fills a big hole in the list and we’ve given up nothing.

Welcome to Will!

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I think his nickname is Captain or something like that.

For that very reason.

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