Bombers reach 50,000 member milestone, target 70,000 in 2018
4pm east 15/12/2017
THE red and black army has spoken. Bomber fans are ready for a massive 2018.
In a sign of how high the expectations are among Essendon supporters, the club has already reached the 50,000 member milestone.
This time last year the Bombers had 46,000 members and eventually finished the season with 67,791.
Following the hot start, the club is aiming to have 70,000 members during the 2018 season.
“Our members are the lifeblood of our club, and to have 50,000 signed on before Christmas is a phenomenal achievement,” CEO Xavier Campbell said.
“There is a great sense of optimism around the club ahead of the upcoming season. We play an exciting brand of football, we have a talented list and with continued hard work over the summer, we are excited about what 2018 can bring.
Zach Merrett and Dyson Heppell had great 2017 seasons. Picture: Getty Images
“Our members continue to be the most loyal and passionate in the competition and there is no better time to be a part of the Essendon journey.”
Part of the excitement has come following a massive trade period.
The Bombers added three stars in Jake Stringer, Adam Saad and Devon Smith.
After making the finals last season, coach John Worsfold says the club is out to make an even bigger impact in 2018.
“I think everyone has got that high expectation that we’re going to be a better team next year and that’s certainly what we’re driving for,” he said.