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ESSENDON'S top-up players will inherit the numbers 47-56 in 2016.

Below is the Bombers' available list:

3. Darcy Parish, 6. Joe Daniher, 7. Zach Merrett, 8. Martin Gleeson, 9. Brendon Goddard, 10. Aaron Francis, 11. David Zaharakis, 12. Mark Baguley, 13. Orazio Fantasia, 14. Jason Ashby, 15. Courtenay Dempsey, 17. Adam Cooney, 19. Shaun Edwards, 20. Jackson Merrett, 22. Matthew Leuenberger, 24. Craig Bird, 25. Alex Morgan, 27. Mason Redman, 28. Mitch Brown, 29. Patrick Ambrose, 30. Kyle Langford, 33. Jayden Laverde, 34. Jake Long, 35. Yestin Eades, 36. Michael Hartley, 37. Gach Nyuon, 38. Nick Kommer, 41. Will Hams, 42. James Gwilt, 43. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, 44. Shaun McKernan, 45. Conor McKenna, 46. Tom Wallis, 47. James Kelly, 48. Mathew Stokes, 49. Matt Dea, 50. James Polkinghorne, 51. Ryan Crowley, 52. Jonathan Simpkin, 53. Mark Jamar, 54. Sam Grimley, 55. Nathan Grima*, 56. Sam Michael*

* Grima and Michael's numbers are yet to be officially confirmed. Michael played against Carlton in No.56

The top-ups, signed on temporary one-year contracts, are: former Docker Crowley, former Hawks Simpkin and Grimley, former Cats Kelly and Stokes, former Tiger Dea, former Dee Jamar, former Lions Polkinghorne and Michael, and former Roo Nathan Grima.

All up their combined games are a total 1059. Kelly is the the most experienced player with three premierships and 273 games to his name.

The Bombers were given until March 15 to sign a maximum of 10 top-up players on short-term contracts to replenish their list after 12 senior-listed players were banned for doping violations, causing them to miss the entire 2016 season.

The players who are still on Essendon's list but can't play this year are: Tom Bellchambers, Travis Colyer, Dyson Heppell, Michael Hibberd, Heath Hocking, Cale Hooker, Ben Howlett, Michael Hurley, David Myers, Tayte Pears, Brent Stanton and Jobe Watson.

On Tuesday AFL Media's Sean Garnsworthy took exclusive pictures of the 10 top-ups. It is the first time they have been photographed together.

(Left to right): Mathew Stokes, Jonathan Simpkin, James Polkinghorne, Ryan Crowley, Sam Michael, Sam Grimley, Mark Jamar, Nathan Grima, Matt Dea and James Kelly

 
New Bomber big men Mark Jamar and Sam Grimley at training. Picture: AFL Media


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