Josh Eyre in action for Essendon's VFL side. Picture: afl.com.au

Delisted Bomber Josh Eyre is likely to receive a lifeline from St Kilda despite being offered a train on opportunity with Essendon.

Eyre was given the opportunity to train on with Essendon for an AFL lifeline through the pre-season Supplemental Selection Period (SSP), however looks to have taken on an opportunity with the Saints as he looks to make his AFL debut. 

The boyhood Bomber was delisted following the 2022 season after not playing a game at senior level.

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Eyre was drafted with Pick 39 in the 2020 National Draft as a Calder Cannons product and highly rated member of Essendon’s Next Generation Academy, however failed to find his feet at VFL level as a swingman, playing 18 games in 2022. 

Essendon General Manager of Football Josh Mahoney described Eyre as “a developing tall position player” and “a dedicated young man, who has shown a commitment to improvement throughout his two years”. 

It comes at St Kilda looks to solidify its key position player stocks following the departures of Jarrod Lienert and Paddy Ryder this season.

The Bombers meanwhile secured Sam Weideman from Melbourne in the trade period, as well as selecting Lewis Hayes in the national draft, leaving list spots thin for Eyre’s desired lifeline.

Essendon have invited former Bulldogs defender Brad Lynch and East Fremantle tall Reuben McGuire to compete for the club’s final list spot, following draftee Jayden Davey’s assignment to the long term injury list as he recovers from a serious knee injury. 

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