Michael Hibberd of the Bombers in action during the 2015 AFL round 14 match between the Essendon Bombers and the St Kilda Saints at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia on July 5, 2015. (Photo by Justine Walker/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Essendon list manager Adrian Dodoro says the club has made little progress in negotiations with Melbourne for defender Michael Hibberd.

Hibberd, who missed the 2016 season after being banned for 12 months due to Essendon’s 2012 supplements saga, nominated the Demons as his club of choice in August. However, the two clubs are still yet to finalise a deal for the 26-year-old, with just two days remaining in this year’s trade period.

Dodoro told Essendon’s website that both clubs have agreed for some time that he is worth a second round selection, however, they are at odds over whether that selection will be a 2016 or a 2017 draft pick.

“Quite clearly we think he’s a second round selection in this year’s draft,” Dodoro said.

“Melbourne is fairly adamant that they don’t want to give up this year’s second round selection and have offered their future second round selection.

“There are some discussions being had on that.

“Obviously we’ve got a position and they’ve got a position and we’ve got to get to a resolution.”

Meanwhile, Dodoro said the club will not be trading its No.1 draft pick in this year’s upcoming draft, while also ruling out a last minute play for Jaeger O’Meara, as negotiations between Hawthorn and the Suns continue to drag on.


  1. Dodoro probably wants 3 top 10 picks and Fyfe, for Hibberd. He is such a wank every trade period. Over rates every player on their list, and under rates every other player in the AFL. Needs to learn to be honest with himself.

  2. Up to what I love the way we trade u want him pay the price we want a 2nd rounder not a superstar were not just giving him away. If Melbourne were a good club they would just give us what we want and get it done

  3. ‘If Melbourne were a good club’ – please…. the last one you gave us got banned due to your clubs cheating ways. Take what we give or he can go into the draft.

  4. Love the way bombers play hard ball when they are guilty of screwing their players over and promise to work with them and support them in making fresh starts. Flogs Essendon!

    • And just because of that an AA defender should be able to go for cheap, just asking for what he’s worth I would’ve thought, the AFL should be happy the other 10 re-committed to the club, imagine how much fun could’ve been had if they didn’t!!!

  5. i hope essendon dig their heals in with him. He is one of the best defenders in the league and if he goes to the draft oh well at least melbourne wont get him for nothing

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