The ex-Geelong man says he is excited to face his old-teammates and harbors no ill-will towards them.
Paul Champman has insisted there is no ill-feeling between himself and Geelong despite the fact the Cats traded the 32-year-old at the end of last season.
‘Chappy’ will return to Essendon’s line-up after being rested last week and will be fresh to face his old club with whom he played 251 games and won three premierships.
“I just want to be the best player and team player I can be, so while it’s good for the hype that I got dumped last year and there might be vengeance and stuff like that, there’s no ill-feelings from me,” Chapman said on Tuesday.
“I just want to be the best Essendon player I can be.”
Chapman said his knowledge of Geelong would help give Essendon a leg-up on Friday night, and said he’d spoken to Chris Scott several times since his departure from the Cats.
“That’s footy these days, things happen and you’ve got to make some hard decisions,” he said.
“We’ll be looking back in a year or two and saying it was a good decision hopefully for both parties, because the Cats will still be playing well and hopefully I’m still playing well.”