Essendon are eyeing St Kilda speedster Nick Hind in a bid to replenish the Bombers’ heavily hit pace stocks.
Sources familiar with the situation indicated Essendon were making a serious pitch for Hind, whom the Bombers overlooked in 2017 and 2018 despite being right under their noses.
Hind, 26, is out of contract, having played 10 matches for the Saints this season but was overlooked for selection in the finals.
He was plucked from Essendon’s VFL team at pick 54 in the 2018 draft after impressing as one of the state league’s best rebounding defenders. Hind played 11 AFL games in his first season with the Saints. At AFL level, Hind has been used more as a small forward, kicking three goals and earning two Brownlow Medal votes against Sydney in round nine.