Dons Digital has released the third episode of The Road to 2021 – a docuseries taking the Bomber faithful behind the scenes of pre-season.

Viewed by members first, the Past Fuels Future episode explores how senior coach Ben Rutten is embedding the Essendon DNA in his squad, drawing on the Bombers’ proud history to shape their future. 

Recruit Peter Wright gives a player’s perspective on the connection, and how it’s driving him in his move from the League’s second-youngest club to one of its oldest.

With round one fast approaching, head of high performance Sean Murphy shares insights into pre-season and who’s impressing, while there’s added excitement on the track with the arrival of four potential father-son recruits.

Watch the episode and find a guide below.

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The Road to 2021 | Past Fuels Future

Ben Rutten draws on Essendon's proud past to fuel his squad's future, inspiring recruit Peter Wright. As pre-season heats up with round one fast approaching, four potential father-son recruits bring added excitement on the track.

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00:55 – Rutten’s first meeting with the players as they return to the NEC Hangar after the Christmas break.

2:57 – What Rutten stands for, and what he’s doing to help the players better connect with the club’s past.

6:18 – Wright on his move to the Bombers, early impressions and goals.

9:58 – Sons of guns hit the track, with James Hird Academy players Alex Hird, Tex Wanganeen, Josh Misiti and Nyawi Moore keen to impress.

17:22 – All the insights into pre-season from Murphy, as he enters his second season leading the club’s high performance program.

25:26 – Inside the huddle as captain Dyson Heppell and young leader Andrew McGrath address their teammates after a big session.

Stay tuned for more episodes of The Road to 2021 in the lead-up to the season.

If you haven’t already, watch the first two episodes here.

To ensure you get first viewing of the rest of docuseries, and to receive more exclusive member content in 2021, sign up for an Essendon membership here.