Essendon has released a statement on the future of star utility Michael Hurley, who is yet to re-commit to the club for 2017 and beyond.
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Read the full statement below:
Michael Hurley will be offered a contract extension that will secure his long term future at the Club.
Chief Executive Officer, Xavier Campbell, remains confident the talented defender will remain at the Bombers.
“Michael is a great young man with tremendous football talent,” said Campbell
“He’s highly respected in the club and is a leader within the playing group.
“We want him to come to the conclusion he wants to be at Essendon and I hope and believe he will come to that conclusion.
“We respect that Michael is going through a process and we will give him the time and space he needs to make that decision.
“He has a year to run on his contract and we have been speaking to Michael and his management for some time about a long term contract extension which we believe illustrates the value he brings to our club.”
Originally recruited as a forward, Hurley has become an integral part of the Bombers’ back six since making the move to a defender.
His efforts were recognized in 2015, collecting his first All-Australian selection and finishing runner-up in the Crichton Medal.