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"We'll be very suprised if all 12 don't return" - Dons

  • "We'll be very suprised if all 12 don't return" - Dons

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 29: Cale Hooker of the Essendon Bombers is congratulated by his teammates after kicking a goal during the round 22 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Richmond Tigers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 29, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Cale Hooker is arguably the most important player for the Essendon Football Club at this point and time and is the most highly sought after free agent at the end of the season. 

Hooker has reportedly already attracted a lucrative offer from the Fremantle Dockers and three time reigning premiers Hawthorn according to the numerous news sources. 

The 26 year old is suspended for the 2016 season after his role in the supplements saga, but that hasn't stopped the plethora of clubs come running for his signature.

Midfielder David Myers has already reportedly attracted interest from the West Coast Eagles on a big money deal. 

Speaking on 1116 SEN Radio, Bombers list manager said he is "comfortable with where things sit with Cale and his manager (Tom Petroro), but there's a lot of water to go under the bridge just yet"

"We're optimistic that Cale will be a Bomber next year, but obviously there's a bit of water to go under the bridge at the moment," Dodoro said.

"Regardless of the suspension, he is a free agent and he has the right to take his time.

"He's one of these larger-than-life individuals, Cale … he loves the club, that's one thing we do know.

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"We'll know in the short term rather than the long term what he intends to do." 

Last night, Essendon speedster Travis Colyer re-committed to the club for a further three years, tying him to the club until the end of the 2019 season. Joining him will be Heath Hocking, who also committed for the 2017 season late last month.

"We're confident about the direction we're taking. The more the players see that, the more confident they're getting in what we're doing, and I think it will play out and I think it will be positive for us. 

"We're not putting pressure on any of the boys or their management. It's evolving and you can see that we're heading in a positive direction.

"The boys are starting to see what we're about this year in terms of the resilience of the group (and) the future. We're developing a lot of young players coming through. 

Dodoro said the team's resiliency and persistence in the way they've played their football this year is having a major affect on the suspended playing group. 

"That's been the exciting thing about 2016. We're going to look back at the end of this year and say, 'Geez, we've found four or five young players'.

"I think that will make the boys' decision a lot easier to come back.

"What we've found is that these guys are a really tight-knit group and I'd be really surprised if they all didn't come back."

Listen to the full Adrian Dodoro interview below:


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