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James Hird says Dyson Heppell is set to become a champion of Essendon following the young star recommitting to the club. Heppell has penned a new deal that will tie him to the Bombers until the end of 2015 in a show of faith to the besieged club.
It seems captaincy has a positive impact on form, with the top three players on the leaderboard all club leaders, including new skippers Jack and Richmond's Trent Cotchin. Watson was just edged out by teammate Dyson Heppell on Saturday night against
Essendon skipper Jobe Watson powers away from Melbourne's Jack Viney and Jack Grimes. Essendon: Crameri 6, Bellchambers 4, Watson 3, Davey 2, Howlett 2, Stanton 2, Heppell 2, Merrett 2, Hurley 2, Goddard, Dempsey, Ryder...Essendon: Heppell, Watson,
He played both games and was given some reasonable tasks pitted variously against Michael Hurley, Paddy Ryder and Tom Bellchambers...But he was strong in the contest in the air and was not overwhelmed being caught one-out in marking contests where he
Goddard would have been a leading contender to succeed Nick Riewoldt as St Kilda captain had he not decided to swap clubs. Instead, he will join young gun Dyson Heppell and Jason Winderlich in an expanded eight-man Essendon leadership group headed by
The way he seamlessly slipped into the group; obviously the fact he knew guys like Brent Stanton and Jobe [Watson] helped, but he's been fantastic from day one, a real contributor." Goddard is more than aware of Essendon's need for him to fill the
To no one's surprise, Watson capped an outstanding season by winning the club's best-and-fairest award at Crown. He was a runaway winner with a massive 551 votes, 241 ahead of runner-up Dyson Heppell, with veteran defender Dustin Fletcher in third
Essendon's Dyson Heppell and coach James Hird during a light training session. Heppell vowed at the start of the season he would not endure the so-called second-year blues. Heppell, of course, was the Rising Star last season, playing in every game.
Story continues below Conventional wisdom among coaches is that clubs need at least 32 players ready to immediately slot into senior football to be finals and premiership-capable...But he was careful when pressed about whether that was the magic
Martin Blake March 31, 2012 Read later On the prowl: Dyson Heppell at training at Windy Hill this week...You have to delve back to Joel Selwood (2007) or Chris Judd (2002) to find a debut season as good as Heppell's 2011, when he won the league's