ON the eve of the 2012 premiership season, the Essendon Football Club has announced that they have signed a new contract with star foward Michael Hurley that will keep him with the club through to the end of the 2017 season.
Hurley, 21, the 5th pick of the 2008 Draft, has played 47 games with the Bombers and was in the final year of his previous contract with the club.
Essendon senior coach James Hird said the club was extremely pleased to have secured Hurley ahead of the home and away season.
“Michael is an incredibly important part of our future and it is very exciting for the club to have secured his services for the next five years.”
Hird’s satisfaction with having this deal done now cannot be understated as expansion club Greater Western Sydney has the ability to sign uncontracted players at the end of this year and will undoubtedly be on the hunt for talent to be added to their squad. The fact that GWS coach Kevin Sheedy has so much knowledge about Essendon given his his history with the club would have made the move for Hurley all the more likely to happen.
Hurley’s manager Paul Connors spoke with former Bomber Tim Watson on SEN this morning just after 7am and said that his client had given him a “clear mandate” to ensure he remained at Windy Hill (or Essendon airport as it will be for the bulk of Hurley’s next contract).
Jake Melksham, David Zaharakis and Dyson Heppell join Hurley as players that have now re-signed with the club.
Essendon’s 2012 campaign begins on Saturday March 31 when they face North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.
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