Goalsneak Josh Green is set to remain a Bomber after re-signing with the club on a one-year deal.
The 25-year-old kicked 17 goals across 17 games for Essendon in 2017, before sustaining a foot injury in round 22 that ended his year.
Green was signed as a delisted free agent last year after 81 games with the Lions.
The forward pocket is pleased to continue his career at Essendon.
“I’m really thankful to Essendon for the opportunity they have given me,” Green told essendonfc.com.au.
“I believe we have an exciting group of youth and experience, and if we put our heads down and work hard, success will follow.
“I’m excited to get stuck into training and continue striving towards achieving our team’s goals in the 2018 season.”
Bombers’ coach John Worsfold commended Green for his hard work and value to the team.
“Josh worked really well in our forward line this year. He added a dimension that we were looking for and he’s a very clever player,” Worsfold told the club’s website.
“We believe as he continues to build his fitness base, he will have an even bigger impact for us.
“Coming off a pretty serious injury and being really limited the previous year, we we’re rapt with the way he attacked his rehab program and got himself fit for the season.
“It was really disappointing that we didn’t have him late in the season with that serious injury again but he took that in his stride and we are really confident with the program he has got that he will bounce back.”
Essendon List and Recruiting manager Adrian Dodoro is happy to see Green remain at the club.
“We are looking forward to seeing Josh take his football to another level in 2018,” Dodoro added.
“Josh is a really popular member of the team, he is liked by all of the players and staff, and brings the qualities, both on and off the field, that we look for in a player.”
Essendon are looking to contend for the flag next year after a busy offseason, recruiting established quality in Jake Stringer, Devon Smith and Adam Saad.