MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: Joel Selwood of the Cats tackles Michael Hibberd of the Bombers during the round 10 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Geelong Cats at Etihad Stadium on June 6, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Hibberd confirms he wants to be a Demon in 2017

Outgoing Bomber Michael Hibberd has confirmed he wants to be traded to Melbourne.

Hibberd informed Essendon in August he wants be traded, with speculation rife the past few months that he had agreed to move to the Demons.

The 26-year-old, who has played 84 games for the Bombers, told NAB AFL Trade Radio on Tuesday morning that he is set to be a Melbourne player in 2017.

“I’ll be going (to Melbourne), unless something drastic happens in trade week,” Hibberd said.

He is believed to accepted a four-year deal from the Demons.

Hibberd is the only member of the 12 suspended current Essendon players to request a trade from the club, with Dyson Heppell, Cale Hooker, Michael Hurley, Tom Bellchambers, Travis Colyer, Heath Hocking, Brent Stanton, David Myers and Ben Howlett all re-committing to the club.

Meanwhile, Tayte Pears has announced his retirement, while Jobe Watson is yet to confirm whether he will return to footy next season.

Essendon coach John Worsfold has indicated the club will seek at least an early second round draft pick in exchange for Hibberd.


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