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Bombers new blood

(Back Row L-R) Brendon Goddard, Sean Gregory, Joe Daniher, Jason Ashby, Dylan Van Unen (Front Row L-R) Martin Gleeson and Nicholas Kommer pose for a photograph during an Essendon Bombers press conference at the clubs new High Performance Centre at Melbourne Airport. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Essendon's new recruits at the club's new High Performance Centre.

As 2013 begins we take a look at the things to look forward to for Essendon fans this year, today we look ahead to the recruits added to the club in the off-season.

In 2013 there are eight new names on Essendon’s list providing plenty of fresh talent for fans to look forward to this season.

Former St. Kilda star Brendon Goddard headlines the Bombers off-season recruits along with the club’s seven draftees from the national and pre-season draft.

Goddard is expected to play predominately in the midfield this season and has already been named in the club’s leadership group.

The star recruit has played over 200 games at league level including invaluable experience in both finals and Grand Finals.

Father/Son selection Joe Daniher, taken at selection ten in the draft is also sure to excite when he lines up for his debut in the red and black this season.

Daniher will continue the family legacy at the club at where both his father and uncles forged impressive careers.

2013 is set to be an important year of development for youngsters Jason Ashby, Martin Gleeson and Sean Gregory, all taken in the national draft, as they continue to build their bodies to be ready for AFL football.

The same can not be said for mature aged recruits Dylan Van Unen and Nick Kommer who are both expected to see game time early in the season if opportunities are taken when offered.

22-year-old Van Unen has been playing at VFL level for four seasons, three at Box Hill before moving to Frankston last season and is ready to slot into the club’s senior team if the opportunity arises.

Kommer is in the same category after a number of seasons playing in the WAFL as a defensive midfielder.

The final addition to the Bombers list ahead of the 2013 season was Will Hams, taken at selection six, he is expected to need some development before offering plenty for the red and black in the years to come.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs