Essendon has announced its AAMI Community Series match squad for Friday evening's clash with the Cats.

In the Bombers' last practice match before the 2024 AFL season, 28 players have been named to play at GMHBA stadium. 

Fresh off a three-year contract extension, defender Jordan Ridley has been named to play alongside full forward Peter Wright, after both first-choice players were held over from last week's match against St Kilda to fully recover from injury concerns. 

Ruckman Sam Draper will miss this week's match as he continues building towards the 2024 season from a groin injury, while Bombers fans will have to wait a little longer to see top 10 draft pick Nate Caddy, who will not play as the club takes a cautious approach from soreness due to an awkward landing at training. 

Bombers members have FREE general admission access to the March 1 game, with the general public able to buy tickets for the match here.


To enter the venue on the day, Essendon members can scan their physical member card. Alternatively, members can book a general admission ticket to guarantee entry.

Essendon AAMI Community Series match squad


14. Ridley

32. McKay

31. Reid



27. Redman

15. Laverde

1. McGrath



22. Durham

3. Parish

37. Martin



6. Caldwell

4. Langford

11. Gresham



25. Stringer

20. Wright

16. Perkins



17. Goldstein

12. Setterfield

7. Merrett ©



5. Tsatas

13. Cox

19. Hind

23. Jones


24. Bryan

28. Duursma

35. Guelfi

47. Menzie


10. Weideman

18. Hayes

33. A.Davey Jnr

38. Roberts