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Future up in the air for Bomber midfielder

  • Future up in the air for Bomber midfielder

    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Adam Cooney of the Bombers handballs during the round three AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Essendon Bombers at Adelaide Oval on April 8, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

The future of veteran midfielder Adam Cooney remains up in the air as he comes out of contract at the end of the season at the Bombers.

With the Bombers main focus being on their suspended players and hoping to keep them around for season 2017, coach John Worsfold says that Cooney's contract negotiations are "pretty open at this stage."

"I had a discussion with 'Coons' maybe a month ago about his future, but we left that pretty open at that stage," Worsfold said on Wednesday.

"We're in a unique situation in terms of our list management. We've never been in this situation before – no club has.

"So timelines are very hard to get a handle on, and how many players that we need to move off our list at the end of the year to move forward is a real unknown for us."

With the likes of captain Jobe Watson, Brent Stanton and Ben Howlett yet to confirm their commitment for next season, it is playing a big factor for John Worsfold and whether he keeps the former Bulldog and Brownlow Medallist at the club.

"That's one of the factors, absolutely. The No.1 thing is, does Adam Cooney believe he's physically and mentally capable of playing out another season at AFL level?" Worsfold said.

"If that's the case, then he's on our list of what our squad may look like next year."

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