Essendon are still confident Michael Hurley's future is at the Bombers, but have admitted they've got some work to do to fight off other clubs.
Hurley is one of five players yet to re-sign, with seven of the 12 banned Bombers putting pen to paper on a new deal in Essendon.
The 26-year-old has reportedly gained strong interest from the Western Bulldogs, Adelaide, Melbourne and St.Kilda, but Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell told SEN radio that his club are confident Hurley will be a Bomber next season.
"'Hurls' is a great person. We've had discussions for a pretty significant period of time now," Campbell said.
"We've always felt like it was going to take varying amounts of time with each player to get to a position where they felt they were comfortable to come back to the football club.
"We're not pressing that any further than what we feel is appropriate, that's why [the re-signings] have been so staggered.
"I just felt with Hurls he's very close to his teammates, (there's) a strong association with our group, they've been through a very challenging period together.
"There's still some work to be done to get Hurls there, but we remain confident on the position that we've got."
Jobe Watson, Michael Hibberd, Ben Howlett and Tayte Pears, as well as Hurley, are the remaining Bombers who are yet to commit to the club.