Essendon has finalised its playing list with confirmation Sam Michael has agreed to terms for the 2016 season.
The former Brisbane Lion is the tenth new recruit to join the Club in the last five weeks.
The 22-year-old ruckman has been training with the Bombers over the last few weeks.
“Sam’s attitude throughout this process has been excellent and we’re excited by what he can bring to the Club this season,” Essendon List and Recruiting Manager Adrian Dodoro said.
“He is a strong-bodied ruckman who complements the big men already on our list.”
Michael played three games for the Lions before joining Essendon throughout its NAB Challenge campaign last season.
“Sam is well known to us now through his participation in training in recent weeks and also last year’s pre-season,” Dodoro said.
“He gets another opportunity at AFL level now and we’re confident he is a good fit to round out our playing list.”
Michael joins Ryan Crowley, James Kelly, Jonathan Simpkin, Mathew Stokes, Matt Dea, Mark Jamar, Sam Grimley, James Polkinghorne and Nathan Grima as the new recruits on the Bombers playing list.
“This is obviously a unique situation, but given the circumstances, we’re pleased with the outcome,” Essendon General Manager of Football Operations Rob Kerr said.
“Adrian Dodoro and his recruiting team have done an excellent job to source such talent and experience given every club had finalised its list.
“We’re excited about the opportunity for our young players to learn from these guys and also for the opportunity these new recruits have to make the most of another chance on an AFL list.”
Essendon opens its NAB Challenge campaign this Sunday against Carlton.