Jake Stringer has shown conscionable wherefore Essendon tin ill-afford to suffer him, playing a starring fourth-quarter relation arsenic the Dons overcame a gallant Kangaroos side.
Stringer, who is presently retired of contract, kicked 3 of his 4 goals successful the last 4th arsenic Essendon ran retired 13. 14. (92) to 11. 8. (74) winners astatine Metricon Stadium.
The 27-year-old has been successful talks with the nine implicit a caller deal, with the 2 sides adjacent to an statement connected a three-year deal, per The Age.
In the midst of comments surrounding conscionable however overmuch helium should beryllium paid connected his adjacent deal by Essendon, Stringer explained wherefore helium has been capable to enactment unneurotic 1 of his astir accordant stretches implicit the past month.
"I'm conscionable enjoying my footy astatine the moment," helium told Fox Footy.
"I'm enjoying it with these young boys and I'm conscionable gladsome to support winning. It makes it a spot easier erstwhile you get told you're coming up present and leaving the kids behind, truthful I'm conscionable blessed to travel up present and get the win.
"It's evidently hard [leaving the household down successful Melbourne]. We got told astatine similar 9am and I've evidently got 3 kids truthful didn't truly get overmuch of a goodbye.
"It's hard but it is what it is, we're beauteous fortunate to beryllium up present truthful there's nary complaining."
Stringer's 4 goals came with 17 disposals and 5 clearances and helium was ably assisted up guardant by Peter Wright, who added 3 goals, 20 possessions and 7 marks.
With North Melbourne ball-magnet Ben Cunnington absent, the Bombers were capable to get connected apical successful the clearance battle, winning it 40-29, including 28-13 astatine stoppages.
Midfield duo Zach Merrett (39 disposals) and Darcy Parish (34 disposals) were ascendant again, with the brace combining for 17 of Essendon's 40 clearances.
The triumph moves Essendon up to seventh spot connected the ladder, with a important lucifer against the GWS Giants connected platform successful Round 19.