Essendon has no excuses and no distractions because they are trying to get the next finals since 2004 next year.
Maroon 5 surpassed Australian music charts, John Howard was still Prime Minister and Port Adelaide were about to win their first flag when Bombers beat Melbourne in the elimination finale of more than 5000 …
The catastrophic year 2012 complements the scandal and the resulting suspension was clearly a major obstacle to success in the field during this period.
Even the addition of Devon Smith, Jake Stringer and Adam Saad for the 2018 campaign provided early headaches while John Worsfold was trying to set up a new game plan.
But CEO Xavier Campbell says the coast is clear for success in the field and he won the final in 2019.
"I think it's really a clear run at our football club (now)," said Campbell.
"It is obvious that over the years there has been a distraction, but now we are definitely on the point – and John has talked about it – that we do not have such a distraction, our peripheral vision is no longer shrouded and that's exciting.
"We are very conscious (drought finals), there is no doubt about it, but we have a strategy we have put in place, making our list quite clear, we are very transparent in what we are trying to achieve.
"It feels like we are in an exciting position, but the competition is much more balanced than ever."
Campbell spoke to reporters Tuesday at the headquarters of the Tullamarine Club, which will undergo an upgrade of $ 20 million next year.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten was at hand promising $ 4 million to a project where Labor would win the federal election next year.
Bombarders will contribute half the cost of upgrading, which will also boost the Australian Paralympic Committee and include a new bomber museum and hall of fame.
Australian Associated Press