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Paul Chapman has become an Essendon player, agreeing to terms with the Bombers as a free agent. Chapman, 32, will be reunited with his former coach Mark Thompson on an incentive-based deal in which he can earn a second season.

Chapman was moved on by Geelong as the club pursued a youth policy, but was keen to continue his playing career and had discussions with a number of clubs, including Carlton, which baulked at the asking price. The signing of Chapman by Essendon is a reflection of the Bombers' belief that it can contend for a top-four spot and also of the fact that the Dons needed to recruit players without early draft picks, due to AFL penalties.

Former Geelong player Paul Chapman shows his rugged style in a game against the Bombers.

Former Geelong player Paul Chapman shows his rugged style in a game against the Bombers. Photo: Paul Rovere

Chapman's performances this year were strong. He booted four goals in his last game for the Cats, in the semi-final against Port Adelaide, but soft-tissue injuries kept him grounded for much of the season, hence Essendon's wish for an incentives-based contract. The Bombers are also expected to gain the Western Bulldogs' second-round pick, currently No.22, in return for Stewart Crameri, with the clubs discussing a potential swap of picks in a later round.

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41 comments so far

  • All the best for you Chappy, going to miss you at the Cats... seems like the Bombers going to be a very strong team next year.

    Commenter
    John
    Location
    Werribee
    Date and time
    October 18, 2013, 2:50PM
    • +1

      Commenter
      Dunolly_Dick
      Date and time
      October 18, 2013, 3:24PM
  • Good luck Chappy. Will miss you. Essendon are lucky to get you. They can beat Hawthorn now!

    Will never forget the roar of the Geelong crowd when you came on a couple of weeks before the end of the season. Sad you were on the naughty step for the last Geelong/Hawthorn match.

    Commenter
    bornagirl
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    October 18, 2013, 2:59PM
    • That's right , bornagirl. From the club Hawthorn hates 2nd. most to the club we hate the very most. And while you most likely understand , to the thicker ones who might read this , this is not a serious comment.

      Commenter
      Daniel
      Location
      rural NSW
      Date and time
      October 18, 2013, 4:06PM
  • Cats don't often get it wrong when it comes to list management, but I bet they will regret moving Chappy on. Hunt was past his used by date, Pods had to make way for Vardy and Josh Walker, but Chappy had at least a couple of seasons snapping goals from a pocket. Unfortunately he will be doing so in red and black.

    Commenter
    Corbachov
    Date and time
    October 18, 2013, 3:17PM
    • Very happy we got a Snappy Chappy!

      Commenter
      Mr Biscuit
      Date and time
      October 18, 2013, 3:32PM
    • Agree. You can't get rid of two class forwards and expect to kick the same amount of goals. Especially with Hawkins' dodgy back and Vardy's very, very dodgy hip. A year too early methinks.

      Commenter
      Roosy
      Date and time
      October 18, 2013, 4:12PM
    • Totally agree. Hunt was on his last legs but Chappy and Podsiadly still look the goods. You should probably take 3 to 4 years off Podsiadly's age seeing he was a very late starter to the rigours of AFL football. Looks like Geelong has put up the white flag for 2014. End of an era, 1 year too soon I think.

      Commenter
      Dunkley fan
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      October 18, 2013, 8:50PM
  • Just retire Chappy! You've done enough damage!

    Commenter
    Happy Hawk
    Date and time
    October 18, 2013, 3:22PM
    • Ah, Hawks fans. 11 in a row does that to you.

      They're still hurting - hopefully we win another 11 on the trot just to torture them some more.

      All the best for El Chapitan. Shame he's doing so for the Bombers.

      Commenter
      Wes Mantooth
      Date and time
      October 18, 2013, 3:37PM

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