AFL, Football, Round 20.Essendon v Collingwood at the MCG.Essendons Henry Slattery runs with the ball.
Photo by SEBASTIAN COSTANZO. THE AGE Friday 13 August 2010.

Henry Slattery. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Shunned Essendon stopper Henry Slattery says his exit from the club has given him the certainty some of his former teammates are lacking.

Ricky Dyson, David Hille and Nathan Lovett-Murray are among the most conspicuous out-of-contract Bombers; they are also unrestricted free agents.

Slattery said he sympathised with former teammates who were ''in limbo''.

''I suppose I'm in a different situation where I know what's going on and I can plan,'' he told the AFL website. ''I'd grab any opportunity with both hands.''