Suspended Essendon coach James Hird is back in Melbourne, and he is keen to return to his club.
Suspended AFL coach James Hird says he is looking forward to going back to Essendon following his four-month trip to Europe.
Hird returned to Melbourne late on Tuesday night after embarking on a study tour in France, and faced a media throng in front of his home on Wednesday morning.
He returned earlier than expected last night, as he was originally expected to be back in Melbourne on July 28.
The former Bombers captain is currently serving a 12-month ban for his involvement in Essendon’s 2012 supplements program, but will be free to return to the coaches box for his side’s Round 23 clash with Carlton at the MCG.
Hird says he “can’t wait” to return to Windy Hill, but that he hadn’t spoken to fill-in coach Mark Thompson as of yet.
“I can’t wait to be back and I look forward to heading back to Essendon,” Hird told reporters outside his Toorak home early Wednesday morning.
“I haven’t caught up with Bomber yet, but we’ll catch up now I’m back and I look forward to getting back to the club as soon as I can.”