Everyone take a deep breath. The complicated trade scenario is over as Jake Stringer has officially left the kennel to join the Essendon Bombers.
On Wednesday, the Bulldogs reportedly turned down pick number 25 and 30 in the draft, claiming they were seeking pick number 11.
Although the Bulldogs have put down their barriers after accepting the two picks from Essendon.
Whilst the coach said there was a slim chance the club and player could yet rekindle their relationship, Stringer laid that to rest when he confirmed he wasn’t returning to the Bulldogs.
Stringer joins Adam Saad and Devon Smith at the Bombers for 2018 and the forward/midfielder’s versatility allows John Worsfold to experiment with a variety of options.
With Jobe Watson and Brent Stanton hanging up the boots after the Bombers’ 2017 season ended with a finals loss to the Swans, Essendon will need to rebuild their tough midfield.
Stringer and Smith will be able to help out Joe Daniher down front whilst also rotating through the midfield, whilst Saad provides electric passes off the backline.
The 23-year-old only played 16 games of AFL for the Bulldogs this season, but was still leading goal-kicker (shared with Liam Picken) for his club for the third consecutive year.
Since being selected with the 5th pick in the 2012 National Draft, Stringer has played 89 games for the Bulldogs and was an integral part of their drought-breaking premiership in 2016.
Geelong have also been in the hunt for Stringer’s signature, as the consolation pick number 19 they received from Steven Motlop’s departure would have enticed the Bulldogs.
After finishing stone-cold last in 2016, things are very much on the ride for Essendon.