Gumbleton says no to Dogs

Written By Unknown on Jumat, 19 Oktober 2012 | 14.43

Scott Gumbleton will be at Essendon next season. Picture: Michael Klein Source: Herald Sun

ESSENDON forward Scott Gumbleton has turned down a late contract offer from the Western Bulldogs to stay at Windy Hill.

The injury-cursed key forward - originally recruited with pick 2 in the 2006 draft - has played 28 matches, including six this season.

After being offered just a one-year deal by Essendon, Gumbleton was spoken to by at least three clubs - Melbourne, Fremantle and the Bulldogs.

Gumbleton met Bulldogs officials on Monday and passed medical tests on his troublesome back.

The Dockers also completed a medical assessment.

The Bulldogs tabled a two-year deal to Gumbleton, but late today he has committed to the Bombers.

It is believed his new contract with Essendon includes an option for a second season.

"The club has stuck by me with the injuries I have had and I am really passionate about the Essendon football club," Gumbleton said in a statement released by the Bombers at 5.30pm today.

"While there were opportunities elsewhere, I have lots of good mates at the club and I am really confident in the direction that the team is heading."

Free agency compo picks revealed

Coach James Hird said Gumbleton was always a required player.

"We are really pleased that Scott has re-signed with the club. He a fantastic clubman and a great teammate and we look forward to him having a big pre-season campaign," he said.

Gumbleton's manager Paul Connors said it had been an "agonising decision" but "loyalty was Scott's prime motivator."

Department of Trades

The Bulldogs are still looking for an experienced key forward after also missing out on ex-Magpie Chris Dawes. The Dogs have, however, won the race for young Eagles midfielder Koby Stevens.

Essendon is still waiting on a decision from ruckman David Hille, who has also been offered a one-year contract.

The Bombers have signed free agent Brendon Goddard and traded Angus Monfries to Port Adelaide, but will have to make more cuts to their list before next month's draft.

Meanwhile, North Melbourne forward Lachie Hansen, recruited with the pick after Gumbleton in 2006, has today re-signed with the Kangaroos after also being discussed in trade talks.

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