FORMER Bendigo Pioneer Jake Stringer is now an Essendon player after his trade from the Western Bulldogs was completed on Thursday.
The deal was finalised with just over an hour remaining of the AFL trade period that began last Monday.
Stringer, who left for a holiday in America earlier this week, joins the Bombers from the Bulldogs in exchange for round two draft selections 25 and 30.
“The move to Essendon is a great opportunity and a new beginning for me both on and off the field,” Stringer said on essendonfc.com.au
“I’m excited about the opportunity at Essendon. They play a great brand of football, and I can’t wait to get in and start earning the respect of my new teammates.”
Stringer, 23, was selected by the Western Bulldogs with pick No.5 in the 2012 National Draft. He played 89 games and kicked 160 goals for the Bulldogs and was a member of the club’s 2016 premiership team.
Stringer – a 2015 All-Australian – was contracted for another season with the Bulldogs, who sought to part ways with him.
Essendon coach John Worsfold expects Stringer to fill a variety of roles for the Bombers.
“While Jake has traditionally played forward we believe he can play an important role for us through the midfield as well,” Worsfold told essendonfc.com.au
“Jake has committed to our shared vision and we now look forward to seeing him put in the hard work over summer to get ready for the 2018 season.”