James Hird has obtained a rousing reception from Essendon supporters within the AFL nice’s first official AFL commitments with the Bombers in seven years.
Hird, one of many Bombers’ biggest gamers, was given a hero’s welcome as he walked onto the MCG for Essendon’s a hundred and fiftieth anniversary celebrations forward of Friday night time’s conflict with arch-rivals Carlton.
Captain of the Bombers’ final premiership in 2000, Hird joined different Essendon greats for the pre-match festivities and was comfortably given the loudest roar out of any of the membership’s icons.
The 49-year-old has saved a low-profile since his painful exit as Essendon coach in 2015.
Hird was banned from teaching for the whole 2014 season following the dramatic fallout from Essendon’s dietary supplements saga.
He returned to teach the Bombers, however stop with three video games to go within the 2015 season amid rising strain from the medicine scandal and Essendon’s more and more poor on-field performances.
Hird has returned to the AFL this yr, first as a management guide at GWS and is now an assistant to Mark McVeigh after his former Bombers teammate turned interim coach of the Giants following Leon Cameron’s departure in Could.
Hird, together with the likes of Kevin Sheedy, Matthew Lloyd, Tim Watson and Dustin Fletcher, gathered in the midst of the MCG round all 16 of Essendon’s premiership golf equipment.
The inspirational Neale Daniher was additionally there with brothers Terry, Anthony and Chris forward of the Large Freeze occasion on Monday.
The membership legends then joined arms in a circle with the Bombers’ present staff in a stirring pre-match deal with from captain Dyson Heppell.
The hatred between Essendon and Carlton has now prolonged to the ladies’s groups, with a refrain of boos being heard across the MCG after AFLW star Madison Prepakis turned up in Bombers colors after her current high-profile change from Carlton.