James Hird
James Hird

Essendon coach James Hird has confirmed high performance coach Dean Robinson will remain with the Bombers next season despite the club's well-documented injury issues in 2012.

Robinson was brought to the Bombers last year with the aim of turning them into a tough, physical side that could bully the opposition, but questions have been raised over the role his training methods have played in Essendon's crippling injury toll.

The Bombers have been plagued by soft-tissue injuries this season, with 27 separate cases throughout the year, but Hird has always stood by Robinson's methods and claims the former Geelong and Gold Coast fitness coach will keep his job for next season.

"Yeah, I mean he's got a contract for another couple of years and he'll be working with us next year," Hird said on Friday.

When asked if Essendon would bring in another fitness coach with alternative methods to work alongside Robinson next year and try to counteract the issues that have led to the Bombers' injuries, Hird was equally dismissive.

"Not really, no," Essendon's coach said.

"You know, we'll do a review of every area when we finish the year.

"Certainly, the coaching side of it, the football side of it and the fitness and medical side of it ... and things will always change ... but there won't be drastic changes."

Hird conceded, however, the Bombers have not managed injuries well this season.

"The injuries have taken a toll and the club, the players and the coaches probably haven't handled that as well we could have," Hird said.

Hird also confirmed Essendon have offered veteran David Hille a new contract, despite the 31-year-old having slipped down the pecking order in the ruck behind Tom Bellchambers and Patrick Ryder.

"That's a decision he's got to make (whether he will stay at Essendon) but he's got a contract in front of him," Hird said.

"We'd like him to stay, really keen for David to stay.

"We see him as a big part of our ruck division."

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