ESSENDON has recruited several former stars, including Warwick Capper and Ricky Nixon, as top-up players using a loophole in AFL rules.
Secret documents reveal coach John Worsfold has taken advantage of the annual EJ Whitten charity match, with its competing teams technically qualifying as AFL lists.
The Bombers have used the loophole to recruit former Bulldog Doug Hawkins, Hawk Dermott Brereton and Magpie premiership ruckman Damian Monkhorst.
Club legal experts have discovered the loophole extends to former state of origin players, allowing them to pursue the likes of Tony Lockett, Tony Modra and Jason Dunstall.
Most players resisted Essendon’s advances due to old age. But the Bombers were able to sign up Wayne Carey, Kevin Bartlett, Sam Newman and Sam Kekovich on top of Capper and Nixon.
Essendon inquired about the availability of Gordon Coventry but the former Collingwood full forward didn’t answer calls.
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