Source: AFL Media.

Essendon coach James Hird says that talk of Jake Carlisle being unhappy playing in the forward line for the Bombers is completely untrue.

The Bombers coach told the media earlier today that Carlisle is committed to playing good football in whatever position he is needed for the club.

“He seems in a very good headspace,” Hird said.

“I’m not sure who made those comments about him being not happy playing forward but they’re bordering on ridiculous.

“As early as Tuesday night, Jake was committed to being a star forward in the AFL and that’s what he wants to do.

“Out of his mouth was ‘I want to be the best forward in the competition and I want to do it at Essendon’”.

“It’s not necessarily truth that hits the headlines and sells papers.”

Essendon travelled to Perth today to prepare to face the in-form West Coast at Domain Stadium on Saturday night.