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  • Harvey appointed assistant coach

    Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce it has finalised its senior coaching panel after appointing Mark Harvey as an assistant coach on a two-year deal. Harvey, a triple premiership player, returns to coaching after a year away from football and will begin his new role at the True Value Solar Centre next week.

    Essendon General Manager Football Performance Neil Craig said Harvey would add valuable experience to the Bombers coaching group. “We are delighted to have secured someone of Mark Harvey’s calibre and experience,” Craig said. “After a thorough recruitment process with a number of number of high quality candidates interviewed for the role, Mark’s knowledge of the game, experience as a senior coach and passion to return to football left us in no doubt he was the right person for our coaching structure. We are confident Mark is the best fit for our football club. He will be able to make an immediate impact on our plying list and play an important role alongside assistant coaches Matt Egan and Nathan Bassett, and in supporting senior coach James Hird."

    Harvey said he was excited to be returning to Essendon and working closely with the club’s talented list. “It’s really exciting to be back at Essendon,” Harvey said “After a year away from football, I feel really refreshed and energised about the role I can play to help the team succeed. We have some terrific talent on our playing list and I’m looking forward to working closely with Hirdy and the other coaches. It’s an exciting time to be back in with the club I love and called home for so many years of my life. Pre-season is less than two weeks away, I can’t wait to get in and start working.”

  • 2014 Trade Summary

    Draft picks: 17, 20, 62, 71, 89, 107, 125.

    Arrived: Jonathan Giles, Adam Cooney, James Gwilt, pick 17, pick 62.

    Departed: Paddy Ryder, pick 53.

    Trade activity: Paddy Ryder traded to Port Adelaide for pick No.17 and 37; pick No.37 on-traded to Western Bulldogs for Adam Cooney, pick 53 traded to GWS for Jonathan Giles and pick 62, James Gwilt (unrestricted free agent).

    Trade misses: Daniel Gorringe was on the club's radar and would have been an excellent replacement for Ryder given his youth. But Gorringe rebuffed Essendon's interest and ended up staying at Gold Coast. They are also believed to have made a play for Mitch Clark as he was weighing up options.

    Trade period mark: The Bombers did about as well as they could given their unique and difficult circumstances. Paddy Ryder wanted to leave, and finding a solution that aided the Bombers was hard. But the club managed to bring in another early selection and some experienced types including Cooney to offset his departure. Giles, as a ready-made ruckman, was a solid choice and having two top-20 draft picks should see some young talent emerge.

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