Former Captain and beloved Bomber Dyson Heppell will don the sash for the 14th season, with the defender agreeing to a one-year contract.

The heart and soul of Essendon, Heppell has been instrumental in guiding the Bombers’ young list this season.

Playing every game, Heppell’s maturity and reliability across the backline has been important to the growth of the team this season.


With 233 games to his name, Heppell said the energy of his young teammates continues to drive him.

“We’ve got an exciting crop of players coming through the club who have been fantastic this year,” Heppell said.

“Rolling into the club every day alongside them, all with the drive to develop and get better, is such a motivating factor in me going around again.

“I’ve loved my footy this year but especially enjoyed seeing my teammates grow and improve. I can’t wait to see the development continue throughout the group in 2024.”


General Manager of List and Recruiting Adrian Dodoro said Heppell’s guidance and leadership are vital to the growth of his teammates.

“Although Dyson no longer holds an official leadership position within the team, the guidance and support he provides to his fellow teammates is extremely valuable to our young side,” Dodoro said.

“His passion and love for the Essendon Football Club is immense, and he has been an instrumental figure around the club for many years.

“We are thrilled to have Dyson remain at the club, not only for his contribution on the field but for his impact on the wider club.”