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2019 JHA newsletter released

You can read all about how the exciting James Hird Academy members fared this year in the 2019 JHA newsletter.

Another highly anticipated edition of the James Hird Academy newsletter has been released.

Looking back on an exciting year for the JHA, the newsletter features a number of exclusive articles including a look at talented NGA prospect Cody Brand, alongside a letter from head coach Heath Hocking.

Profiles on every member of the academy can also be found, giving fans the chance to see how all of the players fared at junior and senior level throughout the year.


Established by the Essendon Football Club in 2010, the James Hird Academy 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 the Essendon senior list. Find out more.