Essendon coach John Worsfold has questioned whether the Demons’ dealing with Michael Hibberd have broken AFL rules.
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“I think Hibbo is contracted, so they (Demons) shouldn’t be expressing any interest in contracted players. I think that is outside the laws of the game,” he said.
Under the current laws of the game, clubs cannot speak directly to a player who is contracted with another club. But a club can speak to the player’s management.
“That is not my role personally but I would expect that he (Hibberd) is a contracted player and we would love him to be here at Essendon. And at this stage we expect him to be here at Essendon,” Worsfold said.
Worsfold’s comments come after Melbourne CEO Peter Jackson confirmed on Wednesday that the club is in talks with Hibberd about a possible move to the Dees in 2017.
“There are a few conversations been going on, but that’s about it at the moment. With these things, always you have conversations, they take time to work out and you see what happens”, Jackson said on SEN Radio.
“We’re pretty happy with our young talent, but we could have a little bit more maturity down back to bolster the stocks down there. If he seriously wanted to move, I think we’d be genuinely interested in him coming.”