David Hille
David Hille

Essendon ruckman David Hille has put an end to recent speculation surrounding his immediate future by signing a one-year deal with the club.

Hille, an unrestricted free agent, had the one-year offer on his plate since the end of the season but had been exploring his options through free agency.

The 31-year-old managed just nine games in 2012 due to injuries and form with Tom Bellchambers and Paddy Ryder the preferred big men at the Bombers.

But he has decided to remain at the club and is looking forward to the challenge ahead of his 14th season.

"My hunger, desire and passion to compete at the highest level is as strong as it has ever been," Hille said.

"My body feels really good and I'm looking forward to the challenge and hard work of the upcoming pre-season.

As a playing group we've come a long way together and I want to make sure we continue down that path."

Livewire forward Alwyn Davey also signed a one-year deal on the back of 29 goals from 17 games this season.

"We were really pleased with Alwyn's overall performance last season," Essendon coach James Hird said.

"Alwyn is really important part of the way we structure our forward line; he not only provides us with great speed and forward pressure but he also has the ability to apply scoreboard pressure."

Experienced players Ricky Dyson, Sam Lonergan, Brent Prismall and Nathan Lovett-Murray are still yet to sign new deals with their future at the Bombers still up in the air.

Meanwhile, Brisbane Lions tagger Andrew Raines signed a two-year contract extension after his best season at the club.

The 26-year-old played 19 games and capped off his excellent year with the Lions' most professional player award.

Finally, Port Adelaide have traded pick No.29 to GWS in exchange for defender Jack Hombsch and Northern Territory zone selection Jake Neade.

The Giants now have six selections in the top 30 of the draft.


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