List overview: Essendon

New recruit Joe Daniher with his father Anthony.
New recruit Joe Daniher with his father Anthony.
Big fish: Brendon Goddard will provide some much-needed class to the Bombers' midfield.

Big fish: Brendon Goddard will provide some much-needed class to the Bombers' midfield.

Essendon Bombers 2013

1 Michael Hibberd  
3 Scott Gumbleton 
4 Jobe Watson 
5 Brent Stanton 
6 Joe Daniher  
7 Leroy Jetta  
8 Jason Winderlich 
9 Brendon Goddard 
10 Nick O'Brien 
11 David Zaharakis  
12 Stewart Crameri 
14 Jason Ashby  
15 Courtenay Dempsey 
16 Tayte Pears  
17 Jake Melksham  
18 Michael Hurley 
19 David Hille  
20 Jackson Merrett 
21 Dyson Heppell 
22 Jake Carlisle 
23 David Myers 
24 Alex Browne 
26 Cale Hooker 
27 Luke Davis 
28 Elliott Kavanagh 
29 Alwyn Davey 
30 Patrick Ryder  
31 Dustin Fletcher 
32 Travis Colyer 
33 Dylan Van Unen  
34 Kyle Hardingham 
35 Martin Gleeson
37 Sean Gregory
38 Nick Kommer
39 Heath Hocking  
40 Ben Howlett 
41 William Hams  
42 Nathan Lovett-Murray  
44 Tom Bellchambers 
46 Mark Baguley 
47 Cory Dell'Olio

25 Ariel Steinberg


THE SKINNY: Landed the big fish of free agency when, on day one, it lured Brendon Goddard from St Kilda on a four-year deal. The Saints refused to consider anything more than a three-year contract. Then traded Angus Monfries to Port Adelaide for a round-three selection. Joe Daniher was announced as a father-son selection, with the Bombers to use their first-round pick (No. 10) on the promising forward. Retained Scott Gumbleton, who agonised over a two-year offer from the Western Bulldogs. Re-signed David Hille and Alwyn Davey, but Nathan Lovett-Murray remains uncontracted.

VERDICT: Goddard will add some much-needed class through the midfield and half-back as the Bombers look to secure a top-four spot. Daniher will be the man they eventually build their forward line around — all going well.

DRAFT PICKS: 10, 35, 52, 55, 75, 93, 111, 129


10. JOE DANIHER (Calder Cannons, 18, 201cm, 89kg)

Tall forward who can also play in the ruck and is a potential star. The Bombers signed the son of former full-back Anthony under the father-son rule two years ago.

34. JASON ASHBY (Oakleigh Chargers, 18, 185cm, 77kg)

Medium-sized defender who is a hard runner, a good decision-maker, capable overhead and effective as a spoiler.

51. DYLAN VAN UNEN (Frankston, 22, 189cm, 88kg)

Mature-age midfielder.

53. MARTIN GLEESON (North Ballarat Rebels, 18, 186cm, 70kg)

Durable for his light frame and capable of playing in defence or on the wing. Good with disposal and blessed with speed and endurance.

74. NICHOLAS KOMMER (East Perth, 22)

Also an established midfielder, who can play in attack.

88. SEAN GREGORY (Calder Cannons, 18, 195cm, 76kg)

Tall defender who gives the Bombers an extra boost in the back line.

101. Pass

106. MARK BAGULEY (Essendon, 25, 180cm, 83kg)

Defender who played seven of the last eight games in 2012 and is promoted from the rookie list.


Will Hams (No.6, pre-season), Ariel Steinberg (No.8, rookie)

Overlooked Dayle Garlett, who had been training with the Bombers since his off-field discipline questions counted against him in the national draft. Gippslander Hams might be viewed as a safer option but is highly-regarded as an inside midfielder.

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