MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 07: James Kelly of the Bombers and Andrew Mackie of the Cats compete for the ball during the 2016 AFL Round 20 match between the Geelong Cats and the Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium on August 07, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Essendon Football Club intends to offer both James Kelly and Matt Dea a position on the Essendon list at the commencement of the delisted free agency trade period on 1 November 2016.

“We have been in constant dialogue with James, Matt and each of their management groups since the end of the season regarding the opportunity for them to return,” General Manager of Football, Rob Kerr, said.

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“They both had outstanding seasons in 2016 and were important leaders for the team both on and off the field.

“We know James and Matt are keen to play on in the red and black and we are looking forward to what they can continue to offer with their experience next season.”