The 24th edition of the James Hird Academy (JHA) newsletter has arrived.


After two disrupted years, it is great to have the academy back up and running, led by head coach Harmit Singh.

2022 has been one of great success for the academy, highlighted by academy product Tex Wanganeen signing on during the Pre-Season Supplemental Selection Period (SSP).

From here Wanganeen was able to play five games in his debut season.


This addition also includes interviews with Next Generation Academy prospects, Coby Bewick, Carlos Egan and Luca Alesio.

Established in 2010, the JHA is a junior development program that aims to identify, attract and nurture young players from non-traditional AFL regions, international zones and potential father-son draft avenues. 

The academy plays a vital role in tracking and aiding each member’s development through to drafting age, with the ultimate goal of securing a place on Essendon’s senior list.

One of the JHA’s founding principles is to continue to uphold and bolster the strong father-son tradition that has played such an important part throughout the history of the Bombers.