Essendon star Dyson Heppell made his return to Fox Footy's AFL 360 last night and made the bold statement suggesting that he could not see team-mate Michael Hurley leaving the club at the end of the season.
Hurley remains one of five Essendon players yet to re-commit to the Bombers for next season, despite having a contract for the 2017 season.
Heppell, the likely next Essendon captain, as soon as next year, says "Mick" is a laid back type of bloke that doesn't like to rush things.
“From my discussions I’ve had with Hurls I haven’t had any inklings from him that would suggest to me that he is leaving,” Heppell said.
“Knowing Mick, he is a pretty laid back kind of character and doesn’t give too much away. It is hard for everyone to know where he is at.
“From my point of view I can’t see him giving away anything that he is leaving.
“Obviously I would love for the man to stay at the footy club. He is a pivotal player for us. I’ll respect any decision that he makes. That is obviously going to happen in the near future.”
Heppell also revealed that the players had spoken about their futures while bonding together in Europe over the past six to eight weeks.
“You feed off each other and you do ask questions but you’re all there to support each other,” Heppell said on AFL 360.
“Whatever decision the blokes make you respect that. It’s not as if we are going, ‘what exactly are you doing?’, it is more, we are there to support you either way you go.”
Hurley, along with Michael Hibberd, Jobe Watson, Tayte Pears and Ben Howlett are the remaining five players that have not voiced their options for next season.