Equipped with an eye for goal and a knack for winning his own ball, Jade Gresham shapes as an exciting addition to the Bombers in 2024.  

Initially joining the Saints with the pick No.18 in the 2015 national draft, Gresham made an immediate impact at AFL level, highlighted by a combined 65 goals kicked between 2017-18.  

After enduring two injury-hit campaigns throughout the COVID-impacted 2020 and 2021 seasons, Gresham has returned to his best over the past two years, averaging 23 disposals per game in a solid 2022.  

With averages of 18 disposals and a goal per game across his 136 appearances at AFL level, Gresham’s ability to float between half-forward and the midfield is an asset he’s keen to build on in Essendon colours.


“I think my best position is more of a forward and a bit of mid, so hopefully I’ll play that combination (but) wherever the club needs me to play, I’m happy to,” Gresham said.  

“Obviously, I played every game this year and it’s probably my first full pre-season I’m going to have in the last six years, so I’m looking forward to getting really fit and having a massive 2024.  

“I’m grateful for the opportunity Essendon has given me.” 

Navigating the post-season speculation of free agency, Gresham is excited to finally be donning the sash for at least the next three seasons.  

Joining an exciting young core of players, Gresham believes the Bombers can make waves going forward under Senior Coach Brad Scott.


“It was obviously a stressful last couple of months, but it’s all sorted now and I just can’t wait to get started and meet all the boys, get stuck into training and be a part of something special hopefully,” Gresham said.  

“(Speaking) to Brad Scott, I really loved his messaging and I think they’re in good hands. I’m really excited with what this list can do and I can’t wait to meet everyone and build some relationships, get stuck into pre-season and hopefully have a big 2024.” 

Another key pull for Gresham was the opportunity to ply his trade in marquee matches such as ANZAC Day and Dreamtime at the ‘G alongside the club’s push for finals success.  

With both familiar and new faces waiting for him at the NEC Hangar, Gresham is keen to be a part of the Bombers’ build.


“I’m Indigenous, so (Dreamtime at the ‘G) is a game I always watched growing up and to be a part of it for my culture and represent my people would be something really special,” Gresham said. 

“I played with Kyle Langford back at the Northern Knights, Nick Hind at St Kilda and then got drafted with Darcy Parish, so I do know a fair few of the boys here which helps. 

“I reckon the list has got a lot of upside.”