Is Crameri heading back to Bombers?
Ryan Davidson September 8, 2017 11:03 AM
STEWART Crameri’s stalled career could be restarted at his former club with Essendon believed to be interested in the out-of-contract Western Bulldog.
AFL.com.au understands the Bulldogs are unlikely to offer the hard-running forward a new deal.
Crameri walked out on the Bombers to join the Bulldogs on a lucrative four-year deal worth about $450,000 a year at the end of 2013.
He has only played two senior games this year due to a troublesome hip injury and the 29-year-old missed the Bulldogs’ 2016 flag triumph because of a season-long doping ban.
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The Dogs, however, may now reconsider Crameri’s worth with premiership forward Jake Stringer reportedly contemplating a fresh start at a rival club following two inconsistent seasons since earning All Australian selection in 2015.
If Crameri does return to Essendon, he’ll line up alongside star midfielder Zach Merrett, the player the Bombers drafted with the second-round pick received from the Bulldogs in the trade.
Crameri said last month his future was up in the air.
“I’ve had a little bit of interest (from other clubs), and I’ll work through that with my manager and go from there, so I’ll see how things play out,” Crameri said upon arriving at his exit meeting.
“The doctors have ticked off (my hip injury), so I can’t wait to start pre-season and have a 2018 campaign not to forget. I can’t wait.”
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Asked recently about Crameri’s future at Whitten Oval, coach Luke Beveridge was non-committal.
“We’re working through all of that decision making at the moment, and Stewart is one of the players that is uncontracted but there is ongoing talks with his management and other (players’),” Beveridge said.
Since being taken by the Bombers with pick 44 in the 2009 NAB AFL Rookie Draft, Crameri has kicked 166 goals from 99 games.
The Maryborough product has kicked 30 goals or more in a season five times since his debut in round 20, 2010.