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Statement - James Hird

Coach James Hird has made the following statement after today's verdict from the Anti-Doping Tribunal.

8:13pm  Mar 31, 2015

Club welcomes tribunal decision

The Essendon Football Club has welcomed the AFL’s Anti-Doping Tribunal ruling that 34 past and present players did not breach the Anti-Doping code.

7:13pm  Mar 31, 2015

Apologetic Hird ready to move on

An emotional James Hird has apologised for his club's actions in 2012 while conceding he nearly lost his job as coach of Essendon last year.

7:00pm  Mar 31, 2015

Essendon Football Club has an exciting and bold vision for the future – to create the best training and community facilities of any team in Australia. The vision comprises the development of a state-of-the- art facility near Melbourne Airport as well as retaining a presence at our spiritual home.

With land measuring over 100,000sqm – more than double the footprint of Windy Hill – the new precinct allows for unprecedented future growth and delivers a multi-generational outcome for the Club.

The vision for the Club starts with new bricks and mortar but it is so much more; it's a vision for the Club to remain a place where people aspire to be and a Club where a continued culture of success drives everything we do.

 

"This is a great club, the Essendon I know values success and is not taking any short cuts to build on of the highest quality training facilities in Australia - that's where we need to be. People may not think it affects the players directly, but it does. We need a bit patch of grass, a professional gym, a large indoor training area and facilities for rehabilitation."

Bomber Thompson
Senior Assistant Coach, Essendon Football Club