Essendon are at least another year away from winning a final in all likelihood. 2023 will likely be the first good year with this group. Being objective, Reid (1 game), Cox, Perkins & Durham debuted in 2021, Jones (15 games) and Draper still raw are key components of the next successful side. They all need another 30-50 games. The backline have only played 23 games together.Seems to have won everyone over again with the “Hobbsy steal” but surely it’s time for an Essendon list to deliver a finals win in 2022, Adrian. I mean, jesus christ… how long has he been running the show over there again!?
Hobbs appears a strong pick and ensures a flexible strong midfield.
Winning a final is unlikely in 2022. Likely in 2023/4. Bomber fans may not want to wait another year but they need to. Inexperienced young sides don’t win too many finals.