List changes

VFL List Changes

VFL List Changes

Essendon has made four changes to its VFL list prior to the league’s deadline on June 30.

The Bombers have added four players to its playing stocks, while two have departed as they look to push into finals action.

Charles Lill is officially back on the VFL playing roster after fighting his way back to football following a 12 month with cancer.

Lill was named among the best for the Doutta Stars in just his second game back on the weekend as he continues his push towards his goal of a VFL return.

Justin Van Unen joins the club after dominating with Mt Eliza Football Club for several seasons.

Bombers fans will be able to get to know the 26 year-old who will feature on the upcoming series of ‘The Recruit’ on Fox8.

East Point’s Nick Hind has also been added to the list, while Jack Furlong has been rewarded for his work this season with the club.

Jordan Schroder and Jydon Neagle have departed the club.

Essendon’s VFL Operations Manager Ash Brown said the club was excited about what the new players could bring to the team.

“Justin is a really strongly built medium to key sized forward, he’s kicked over 100 goals a couple of times in the Peninsula League, he is a smart forward and very clever around goals,” Brown said.

“We needed to strengthen our forward line just with the players that we have lost to long term injuries like Jacob Thompson, Alex Boyse, Matt Darby and Hayden Walters.

“Nick got best on ground in the Ballarat interleague game. He is lightly framed but a good runner that uses the ball and reads the play really well.

“He is just coming back from a slight ankle injury but is a good midfield/back prospect that has some attributes that we were really keen on.”

Like Lill, Jack Furlong has been training with the VFL side right throughout the season.

“We have decided to reward Jack with a contract. He works really hard on his game and is a good user by foot. He’s a young developing player that can play as our 23rd man,” Brown said.

Great, look forward to playing where’s Van Unen again.

Why has schroder gone. Dissapointing as I’d always rated him.

Schroder has just up and left? He was a gun VFL player wasn’t he? Especially with the cats.

Van Unen…getting him ready for a Rookie slot?


Big Ranga #71 is injured?!?!?!?

Van Unen’s so invisible I’ve never seen him.

Van Unen...getting him ready for a Rookie slot?
Reading too much into it. VFL Clubs regularly sign players towards the end of June to top up for finals and cover injuries in their squads as June 30 is the deadline for signing guys for the season. Being 26 and not having been in anything that would be considered a pathway club since his TAC days apart from a brief stint at Southport and the occasional pre-season with a VFL club, probably suggests he'll need a lot of fitness work to make it as a forward, especially given he's only around a Tim Membrey height.

We signed Brendan Goss from the first season of the Recruit this time 2 years ago and nothing came of it.

Van Unen does make the 3rd player to feature on the Recruit that has also been on our VFL list though - Goss, Van Unen and another contestant this season Fabian Brancatisano - who played 3 games for us in 2013 as the 23rd player before having a 1 year stint at Coburg.

A fair chunk of the Recruit guys are running around in the VFL having been signed in the past 2 months, but I’ll save that for the inevitable Recruit thread.

Schroder’s departure is interesting…he may have returned to St. Bernards but not sure.

With the amount of sons Merv Neagle has provided us with, it’s amazing that not one them has been able to make it.