Essendon’s desperation to fill its gaping tall defender chasm has sparked the club to lure injury-plagued backman Nathan Grima out of retirement to play as a top-up Bomber.

The ex-North Melbourne backman is close to signing a deal that would see him become the club’s ninth top-up player for 2016, despite only announcing his retirement from the AFL in July 2015 due to persistent back problems.

It’s believed the condition of the 30-year-old’s back has improved over the Christmas break, leading to the defender’s interest in reigniting his footy career this season when the Bombers approached him. understands Grima has passed a couple of intense medical screenings in recent weeks at the Bombers, who now require just one more top-up player to complete their allotted 10 short-term signings before the March 15 deadline.



  1. Big surprise. If he has a good year is it possible for north to re-sign him in 2017?

    He was north’s best defender but injuries meant he played about 10 games per season for most of his career.

    • So you reckon that the remaining people at the club that did nothing wrong deserve that do they mate? The young kids drafted this year? The top up players? What about john worsfold? Does he deserve that does he? You idiot. You look like a goose with uneducated comments like that haha

    • No the players dont mate and as for the top up players well u guys didnt deserve any really. The doc should not be there for starters. The current chairman even wasted money funding the players appeal which basically says he thinks they did nothing wrong. But come on people will boo them u gotta know that there still Essendon and yes they deserve to finish last as a club. Typical Essendon supporters prob u guys are part of the bunch who reckons they did nothing wrong.

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