Essendon and Melbourne have finally agreed a deal for Michael Hibberd.
The Demons have sent picks 29 and 68 to the Bombers in exchange for Hibberd, while also receiving pick No.59 as part of the deal.
Hibberd, who missed season 2016 due to Essendon’s 2012 supplements saga, played 84 matches for the Dons from 2011-2015.
Melbourne general manager of football Josh Mahoney said the club is thrilled to finalise a deal and secure the 26-year-old.
“Michael was targeted throughout the year as a player who would add experience to our young defence,” he told the club’s website.
“Michael is a competitor who attacks the ball strongly both in the air and on the ground and who’s kicking will help us with our overall ball movement.
“Any deal involving a player during the trade period is stressful for the player involved, particularly in this situation with Michael.
“We are happy that we’ve been able to agree on a trade and Michael can now look forward knowing he is a Melbourne Football Club player.”
Hibberd was the only one of the Bombers’ 12 current suspended players to request a trade from the club after the 12 month ban.