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Callum Twomey   November 3, 2017 11:29 AM

BTV: Watson, Kelly and Stanton Q&A Jobe Watson, James Kelly and Brent Stanton speak at the 2017 Best & Fairest.

Numbers available: 4, 5, 24, 25, 35, 39, 40, 47

The retirements of Jobe Watson and Brent Stanton open up two of Essendon's most famous jumper numbers.

The No.4 vacated by Watson was worn by Leon Baker in the 1984-85 premierships and by 1993 Brownlow medallist and premiership star Gavin Wanganeen

Norm McDonald, one of the club's heroes of its dominant era in the 1940s, also donned No.4.

Stanton took on the No.5 after champion James Hird retired at the end of 2007.

Hird captained the 2000 flag in the number, like Terry Daniher did in the Bombers' back-to-back 1980s triumphs.

A couple of the Bombers' new recruits seem most likely to take over the numbers.

No.25 also has a rich history at Essendon, having been worn by premiership players Scott Lucas and Roger Merrett, and Brownlow winner Graham Moss

Alex Morgan's departure to North Melbourne will allow someone to take over that jumper, while Craig Bird's delisting leaves No.24 free. Midfielder Joe Misiti wore it in the Bombers' past two flags. 

Did you know? Heath Hocking (No.39) Ben Howlett (No.40) have both played more games in the respective numbers than any other player in Essendon history. 

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