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Bomber boffin resigns

Suki Hobson.

Suki Hobson. Photo: Pat Scala

The transformation of Essendon's intensely scrutinised high-performance department continues, following the resignation of strength scientist Suki Hobson.

Hobson had been portrayed as a whistleblower in the club's supplements scandal after she allegedly raised concerns about Stephen Dank to football bosses at Windy Hill last year.

Hobson's departure, which has become known at the club in recent days, comes as Essendon advertises publicly for a rehabilitation coach, a role believed to take in Hobson's old responsibilities.

Meanwhile, after a season from hell, a major pillar in the Dons' strength and conditioning ranks was settled this week with the announcement that Justin Crow, 30, would become the team's high-performance manager permanently, after he agreed to a new two-year contract.

Crow, who played one senior game for Collingwood in 2004, acted in the high-performance manager role at Essendon this season from the time Dean Robinson was controversially stood down.

Crow worked in Collingwood's fitness department, as rehabilitation coach, between 2008 and 2011.

Essendon is now advertising for a new rehabilitation coach on the club website. It points out in the job specification that ''this role will be subject to background checks''.

Hobson, who attended the Essendon Women's Network grand final lunch on Thursday, was among last year's nominees for the football woman-of-the-year prize.

Hobson's name came to prominence again late this year after the AFL released details of its damaging charge sheet against the Bombers.

The detailed charge sheet - significant portions of which were disputed by key football staff at the Bombers, including coach James Hird - stated that Hobson, at some stage in 2012, had told Hird, Mark Thompson and Danny Corcoran that Dank was storing Hexarelin, a growth hormone banned for athletes, in his office.

Crow will develop and oversee the club's fitness program.

4 comments so far

  • Sam, you only just found this out? It's been discussed at Bomberblitz for days.

    Windy Hill
    Date and time
    September 27, 2013, 9:05AM
    • Don't make it sound she resigned due to supplements scandal. Conveniently you have left info out that she is returning to the UK

      Date and time
      September 27, 2013, 9:50AM
      • Love the players but the more I find out about Hird & his band of sycophants at the club, the more disgusted I become.

        Huon Valley
        Date and time
        September 27, 2013, 10:06AM
        • Maybe you could try an old tried & true method of establishing facts from the person being reported on instead of trying to spin something out of nothing. More crap served up under the guise of journalism. What is the obsession with Windy Hill???

          Date and time
          September 27, 2013, 10:14AM

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