Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce delisted free agent Josh Green has signed a one- year contract with the Bombers ahead of the 2017 season.
Following 81 games with the Brisbane Lions, the clever small-forward and two-time Club leading goalkicker said he was excited to join the comeback story.
“I’m really grateful for the chance to revitalise my career at Essendon this season,” Green said.
“I feel that my best football is still ahead of me and I can’t wait to get in and do the hard work over the summer.
“I’m excited to join such a dynamic and talented list, and working under the great leadership of John Worsfold. I’m excited about what we can achieve as a team in 2017 and hopefully I can be part of the Club’s next chapter of success.”
Senior Coach, John Worsfold, said the 24-year-old is a welcome addition to the Bombers line-up.
“The playing group is continuing to mature and driving each other to improve and maintain elite standards through hard work,” Worsfold said.
“We are all motivated by team success and building on our experiences from last season, which Josh will play an important role in.
“We will challenge Josh to work closely with Performance Coach, Hayden Skipworth, to ensure he reaches his potential through a tailored training program. Having overcome some serious injuries, we believe we can get the work into Josh that he requires to consistently play at his best.”
List and Recruiting Manager, Adrian Dodoro, said Green would provide the Bombers fans with plenty of excitement as he embarks on his seventh AFL season.
“Josh is is a natural footballer with clean skills, and terrific goal-sense," Dodoro said.
"He was identified as fitting the criteria for a list management need for the Club so we're really looking forward to what he will contribute to the team next season."
Green was drafted to the Brisbane Lions with pick 32 in the 2010 AFL National Draft and made his debut in Round 9, 2011 against North Melbourne.
I reckon he will do better than people expect. Better get than Ballantyne who we were previously linked to.