With the dramatic news that rocked the competition early this morning, Essendon's season is already in tatters before it has even begun. A number of senior and star players will be missing throughout the season, including star midfielders Jobe Watson and Dyson Heppell, as well as key book-ends Cale Hooker and Michael Hurley.
Here's our opinion on the make-up of Essendon's best 22 heading into the season without their biggest names.
B: James Gwilt, Michael Hartley, Mark Baguley
HB: Marty Gleeson, Mitch Brown, Orazio Fantasia
C: Darcy Parish, Brendon Goddard, Shaun Edwards
HF: Adam Cooney, Shaun McKernan, Kyle Langford
F: Courtenay Dempsey, Joe Daniher, Jayden Laverde
R: Matthew Leuenberger, Zach Merrett, David Zaharakis
I/C: Jackson Merrett, Craig Bird, Patrick Ambrose, Nick Kommer
Emg: Aaron Francis, Mason Redman, Yestin Eades
Rest of the Squad: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Yestin Eades, Gach Nyuon, Will Hams, Conor McKenna, Tom Wallis, + incoming top-ups.
Bomber fans, what would you best 22 look like?