Melbourne have confirmed that they have spoken with banned Essendon defender, Michael Hibberd.
Melbourne’s CEO Peter Jackson said on SEN radio that the demons have been discussing about Hibberd’s future with the relevant parties.
“We’re pretty happy with our young talent but we could have a little bit more maturity down back to bolster the stocks down there. If he seriously wanted to move, I think we’d be genuinely interested in him coming.” Said Jackson.
Essendon coach John Worsfold was not happy about these talks and believes that it should not be allowed.
“I think ‘Hibbo’ is contracted, so they shouldn’t be expressing any interest in contracted players. I think that’s outside the laws of the game. He’s a contracted player and we would love him to be here at Essendon and at this stage we expect him to be here at Essendon.” Worsfold said.
He is still contracted with Essendon until the end of 2017 but the season long ban has given him time to think about his future. He has not confirmed whether he will return to football or not.
The 26 year old has currently played 84 games and was one of 12 Essendon players that were suspended due to their supplements program.
Hibberd has time to decide whether his future is with Essendon or not but it is not sure what he will do. If he leaves for Melbourne then that will be a great signing for them. Melbourne are on the rise and he would slot nicely on the half back line and help them elevate their team into a finals team.
However, with 5 of the 12 banned players confirming their return to Essendon next year, it won’t be a surprise that Hibberd does the same. With Worsfold at the helm and seeing these young players coming through the ranks, the future is looking more brighter than what it was a few years ago. It will be interesting to see what he decides to do.