Josh Green in action for the Brisbane Lions.
Josh Green in action for the Brisbane Lions. BEN MACMAHON

Bombers give Green a lifeline

AFL: Former Brisbane small forward Josh Green will join the Bombers next season.

Green, 24, was cut by the Lions last month and joins Essendon as a delisted free agent on a one-year deal.

The two-time Lions leading goalkicker, who played 81 games after being drafted at pick No.32 in 2010, said he was excited at being given a fresh start.

"I'm really grateful for the chance to revitalise my career at Essendon this season,” Green said.

"I feel that my best football is still ahead of me and I can't wait to get in and do the hard work over the summer.

"I'm excited to join such a dynamic and talented list, and working under the great leadership of John Worsfold.

"I'm excited about what we can achieve as a team in 2017 and hopefully I can be part of the club's next chapter of success.”

Coach John Worsfold said Green would be eased into training in order to manage the injuries that plagued him during 2016.

"The playing group is continuing to mature and driving each other to improve and maintain elite standards through hard work,” Worsfold said.

"We are all motivated by team success and building on our experiences from last season, which Josh will play an important role in.

"We will challenge Josh to work closely with performance coach, Hayden Skipworth, to ensure he reaches his potential through a tailored training program. Having overcome some serious injuries, we believe we can get the work into Josh that he requires to consistently play at his best.”

The Bombers look to be favourites to sign ex-Swan Xavier Richards, who trained with the Bombers on Monday.



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