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Cashed up Essendon ready to target Kelly and Stringer
September 11, 2017 6:34pm EDTSeptember 11, 2017 6:18pm EDTBombers looking for giant help in 2018
Published on Sep. 11, 2017
Though the Bombers’ 2017 campaign ended in a 65-point hammering to the Swans last Saturday, Essendon are already looking towards 2018.
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Essendon are among a host of teams in Melbourne that are looking to secure the talent of GWS’ Josh Kelly, who has been involved in trade speculation for most of the year.
However another big name has recently been added to the discussion, and that is the Western Bulldogs’ Jake Stringer.
Herald Sun football reporter Mick Warner believes that the Dons are closer than people think to signing Kelly.
“There’s no doubt that Essendon are coming really late,” Warner told Fox Footy’s On The Couch.
“They were probably interested in Dustin Martin — had some money to pay to him — all that attention has gone to Josh Kelly.
“And if the Giants were to go out in straight sets, maybe he might look at a move to the Bombers.”
Warner also revealed that the Bombers are keen to add Stringer to their list, however will have to battle it out with Geelong for his signature.
Adding both Kelly and Stringer would give Essendon a much needed boost in their midfield ranks.
The Bombers were overrun by Sydney’s gun midfield led by Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker, and will need to replace the experience they are losing through retirements in 2018.
With Jobe Watson (220-games) and Brent Stanton (255-games) hanging up their guernsey’s in 2017, replacing experience with youthful exuberance may be the best way forward for the Bombers.
Adding Stringer would allow Essendon to have a player that can go through the middle, whilst also helping out crowd favourite and arguably their best player, Joe Daniher.
After an impressive season in 2017, the Bombers will need to continue to improve their roster if they want to play AFL later in September next year.