Stokes set to join Bombers

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Updated: January 26, 2016
Geelong premiership star Mathew Stokes looks set to join Essendon. Picture: AL PACKER
Geelong premiership star Mathew Stokes looks set to join Essendon. Picture: AL PACKER

Geelong premiership star Mathew Stokes looks set to join Essendon. Picture: AL PACKER

MATHEW Stokes looks set to become the second Geelong premiership player to join Essendon as a top-up player.

New Bombers skipper Brendon Goddard has all but confirmed that the 31-year-old veteran of 189 games at the Cats will add some much-needed experience to the club.

“I think I’m not speaking out of turn here but I think he’s been in for a medical and ticked a lot of boxes,” Goddard told Melbourne radio station SEN.

“I expect him (to sign).”

K rock Football.com.au understands Stokes, who played in the 2007 and 2011 flags, had been speaking with clubs in the Geelong region about continuing his career at local level.

James Kelly, who was also let go by Geelong at the end of 2015, has already signed in the wake of the suspension of 12 players over Essendon’s supplements scandal.

Former Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley was the first to sign. Other names mentioned include Hawthorn premiership player Jonathan Simpkin, former Richmond defender Matt Dea and Bombers VFL player James Polkinghorne, who spent time at Brisbane.

“There’s still another three or four positions to be filled,” Goddard said.

“We’ve still got a little bit of work to do targeting a few guys.

“It’s obviously pretty thin pickings out there trying to find top-up players when anyone with a bit of talent would of or have been picked up already.”

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