Get to know the lighter side to childhood Essendon supporter Jacob Townsend, who joined the Bombers during the 2019 pre-season supplemental selection period.

Which senior player first took you under their wing? Devon Smith

Who has had the most influence on your career? Kevin Sheedy 

Growing up, who was your favourite player? James Hird

Toughest individual opponent: Gary Ablett Jr

Does your jumper number (20) have any significance? Hepp wouldn’t give me 21, so it's the closest to that.

Teammate most likely to coach: Shaun McKernan

Teammate most likely to be a club president or CEO: Jake Stringer

Your funniest teammate: Dylan Clarke

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Who has/had the best haircut in AFL history? Matt Guelfi

Do you have any secret party tricks? Hit golf balls with both hands. 

Unique person you follow on Twitter or Instagram: Dylan Shiel 

A celebrity you can’t stand: Jake Stringer

At which store would you like to max out your credit card? KFC

Do you have a dog? Breed and name: Ted – cavoodle 

What do you order at the bar? Jugs

First album you bought: Never bought one

First concert you attended: Swedish House Mafia

Something about you we wouldn’t know: Sleep on my left side


Favourite holiday destination: Leeton, NSW

Favourite movie: Grease

Favourite TV series: Wentworth 

Favourite band or musician: Cold Chisel 

Favourite carb: Bread 

Coriander - yes or no? Hard no 

Pineapple on pizza - yes or no? Yes

Tomato sauce in the fridge - yes or no? Yes

Who inspires you? Dylan Shiel 

What non-football accomplishment are you most proud of? Qualified chippy

What’s your most embarrassing childhood memory? School clothes on casual day

What’s your best childhood memory? Chicken nuggets and chips for dinner

Who would you like to swap places with for a day? Callan Ward