The former Richmond star has long been linked with a possible move back into football after retiring at the end of 2019. Rance suffered a torn ACL in Round one and never returned to the game.
Rance took to social media to pour water on any possible comeback speculation after his appearance in the red and black.
Rance said that this was by no means the start of a comeback and more just a happy accident.
“This is not a comeback,” Rance wrote.
“Playing for the Essendon VFL this weekend was simply a happy coincidence and a 1 time thing.
Rance attributed a trip to the Gold Coast as the reason he was able to help the Bombers fill their team.
“I was visiting my family on the Gold Coast and with COVID restrictions the VFL needed some fill ins.
“I will always be passionate about developing young athletes and it was a great opportunity to play with an alumni from The Academy Josh Eyre and our high performance manager and Essendon VFL high performance manager Jake Giannakis.
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“I love the life balance I have now, with my priorities shifting and professional football not dominating my life.
“Thanks for the fun day Essendon.”