Moving numbers when you’ve already been allocated a lowish number is totally stupid. Rules out moves for Langford, Fantasia (really??) or anyone else under about 35.
So therefore, we have 4, 5, and 31 available and also likely 20 and 24. We will have 1 new draftee worthy of a lowish number, 3 new players and an upgrade for McKenna.
I’m not a fan of leaving 31 for Fletch junior. Let the kid make his own history in his own number, just like Jobe.
4 - Smith - wanna be a midfielder? Here’s the number of our best midfielder of the last decade.
5 - McKenna - despite us getting Saad, we still think you’re a gun. Go and build a career worthy of this number.
20 - Stringer - you’re on big coin. But don’t rest on your laurels. Play the sort of footy that gets every Essendon supporting kid wearing the 20.
24 - Lowest draftee
31 - Saad - young exciting gun defender, seems like the perfect fit for this number for 10 years.