AFL 3 years ago

Bird flies south

  • Bird flies south

After 137 games and a Premiership, local NSW product, Craig Bird, has left the Sydney Swans.

He will join Essendon on a 3 year deal after being involved in a complicated three way trade involving the Swans, Bombers and the Saints.

The deal came about as the Swans looked to attain more draft picks to ensure they can successfully recruit young Academy star, Callum Mills, and potentially recruit Father/Son prospect, Josh Dunkley.

The deal also sees the Swans receive picks 23 and 44, after giving up Bird and pick 14. The multi-club deal sees the Swans gain an extra 16 draft points, leaving them in a slightly better position at the draft table this year.

Bird, 26, was recruited to the Swans via the NSW Scholarship Scheme (now defunct) in 2007. He was given the prodigious Swans number of 14 and made his debut in Round 1 2008, playing 21 of a possible 24 games in his debut season.

Injuries restricted him to just 4 games in the 2010 season but he played in every game in 2012, the Swans' premiership season.

An inside midfielder who can play a defensive forward role or tag, Bird will be a great fit for an Essendon midfield who lack talent on the inside.

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