Essendon defender Michael Hibberd has officially requested a trade to Melbourne.
The 26 year old missed the whole 2016 AFL season due to a 12 month anti doping ban that was given earlier in the year.
Hibberd spoke on NAB Trade Radio and said he was close to staying at Essendon.
“I was with the boys for three weeks and my mind chopped and changed a lot. When I was with the guys it definitely swayed towards staying, because I loved all the guys and definitely didn’t want to leave them and wanted to keep playing footy with them.”Hibberd said at the launch of NAB AFL Trade Radio
“After a few weeks of getting away I was with my girlfriend for three weeks afterwards and it swayed back to maybe a fresh start being good, and to part ways.”
“It’s been documented pretty well that I’m probably going to go to Melbourne. Unless something drastic happens in trade week I’d see myself there.” Hibberd said.
The running half back will join new coach Simon Goodwin and former Essendon teammate Jake Melksham at Melbourne as he looks to help the Demons climb up the ladder and into finals.
Hibberd will be a good signing for Melbourne as he can provide more run off half back and bring more experience to a relatively young Melbourne squad. With the the emergence of Jayden Hunt this season, they could prove to be a dangerous rebounding team next season.
Hibberd has so far played 84 games and Essendon want at least an early second round pick from Melbourne to gain him.