Michael Hibberd says he has enjoyed taking on more of a leadership role at Essendon.
Essendon defender Michael Hibberd has revealed his leadership aspirations at the Bombers after the club yesterday announced the 24-year-old had signed a three-year deal, keeping him at the club until 2017.
Hibberd said he’d enjoyed stepping up and taking on more of a leadership role at Windy Hill.
“To know I’m a big part of the footy club now, hopefully I can build on my leadership on the ground and off the ground,” he told Bombers TV.
“It’s just something I’ll keep building on to hopefully get better.”
“It would be nice to develop as a player and a person as well.”
“I’m still developing as a leader and a player so over the next three years that will keep on developing and I’ll take it as it comes.”
Hibberd is no doubt in career-best form, and credits being injury free as a major reason why many pundits are tipping him to be in contention to make the All-Australian team.
“Playing consistent footy for the last year and a half definitely helps confidence,” Hibberd said.
“My endurance has improved and having had two full pre-seasons has really helped my football.”
“Being injury free and having an AFL body now where I’m not getting struck down by soft tissue injuries helps me keep form and confidence in my body to go every week and play consistent footy.”
Hibberd suffered a foot injury in last week’s win over Adelaide, but still remains a chance to take on Geelong on Friday night.