Essendon coach John Worsfold says that he's really confident on retaining banned defender Michael Hurley for next season.
Yesterday, Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said that if Hurley were to become available that the Bulldogs would be doing their very best to attain the services of the 2015 All-Australian.
Woosha:"I'm really confident that Hurley will be playing for Essendon."— Essendon FC (@EssendonFC) August 2, 2016
"I would expect that it wouldn't just be the Western Bulldogs that are interested in Michael Hurley," he said on Wednesday.
"If it is, that's a bonus. I'd expect there'd be plenty more clubs with plenty of interest because he's a star player.
"But I'm really confident he'll be playing for Essendon."
Worsfold added speculation will continue to mount given the end of the season is just four weeks away for the Bombers and they are still without six confirmed banned players for next season.
"That's the industry, that's what it's all about," he said.
"There'll be talk about whether Jobe (Watson) will play on, whether Michael Hibberd is still at the club.
"Until they're finalised that will go on."