Essendon and Melbourne have finally agreed a deal for Michael Hibberd.
The Demons have sent picks 29 and 68 to the Bombers in exchange for Hibberd, while also receiving pick No.59 as part of the deal.
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Hibberd, who missed season 2016 due to Essendon’s 2012 supplements saga, played 84 matches for the Dons from 2011-2015.
Melbourne general manager of football Josh Mahoney said the club is thrilled to finalise a deal and secure the 26-year-old.
“Michael was targeted throughout the year as a player who would add experience to our young defence,” he told the club’s website.
“Michael is a competitor who attacks the ball strongly both in the air and on the ground and who’s kicking will help us with our overall ball movement.
“Any deal involving a player during the trade period is stressful for the player involved, particularly in this situation with Michael.
“We are happy that we’ve been able to agree on a trade and Michael can now look forward knowing he is a Melbourne Football Club player.”
Hibberd was the only one of the Bombers’ 12 current suspended players to request a trade from the club after the 12 month ban.