Tom Hird has been signed as a Category B rookie.
The Hird name is set to live on at Essendon for a fourth generation, with club legend James' son Tom signed as a Category B rookie by the Bombers.
Tom Hird has signed a two-year contract with Essendon as a non-registered athlete. He chose to pursue a career in soccer in the last few years and recently trialled in the Netherlands.
A non-registered player can be signed by any club at any time, provided they have not played Australian rules football at any level for three years.
The teenager will follow in the footsteps of father James, grandfather Allan and great grandfather Allan snr as Hirds to be listed by the Bombers.
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