Have a think back about the past Essendon players, who for a variety of reasons, only teased us briefly with their prescence in the red & black.
It could be a player who was already recognised as a bona fide star, however their career was cut devastatingly short (Coleman, Neale Daniher). It might be a player who had buckets of talent, but whose attitude just didnt cut it (Cupido, A.Lovett).
Maybe it's a player who came to the club with a lot of hype, but their performance didnt live up to expectations through injury or poor form. Or maybe it was just a grafter who you felt didnt get the opportunity they deserved ?
Sometimes I think about "the angry Ant" - Tony Antrobus. He wore No 2, and came over from South Australia in the mid/late 80's. He was a fiesty little rover with a big reputation, with some in Adelaide considering him the equivalent of John Platten back in the SANFL.
After a handful of games in the red & black he developed chronic lower back problems (stress fractures?), enduring season ending operations and lengthy breaks. He was never the player he seemed destined to be, and a few seasons later he was traded to St Kilda (if my memory serves me well). I was upset his career never took off, as I used to have fierce arguments with my older brother (Hawthorn supporter) that "Essendon was going to have a better rover than John Platten"....
Nominate some players you think about from time to time, and the reasons you felt their time in the Essendon guernsey was too brief. What makes you remember them ?