Hird resigned as Essendon coach in wake of supplements scandal
AFL looking forward to ‘welcoming him back into the fold’
Former Essendon coach James Hird has accepted an invitation to present the Norm Smith Medal after this year’s AFL grand final. The league and Hird had been at odds over the Bombers’ ill-fated 2012 supplements program, but AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan confirmed the move on Thursday. “[It’s] obviously significant, we appreciate him accepting the offer and we look forward to welcoming him back into the fold,” McLachlan said.
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