After weeks of negotiations, Melbourne have finally got their man in Essendon’s Michael Hibberd after signing a 4 year contract.
Essendon received picks 29 and 68 in exchange for pick 59 which went to Melbourne.
The 26 year old has played 84 games since he was drafted in the 2011 Pre-Season Draft with pick 4 and has proven to be a reliable defender for Essendon.
Hibberd will be a good signing for Melbourne as he can add more run off half back and bring more experience to this Melbourne squad that is building.
He has a damaging left foot which could break opposition zones and result in goal scoring opportunities so trading essentially a second pick is a good deal based on what he can produce.
The concern will be if missing the whole 2016 season of AFL will affect him for next season as he will need to get use to the tempo of AFL football again and this could take time depending how well he trained throughout last season.
Hibberd will be looking to have a big season after missing out a year and if he produces his best form like he did at Essendon, then Melbourne would have pulled off a great trade.