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Xavier Campbell optimistic about Essendon’s future

Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell said he was bullish about how the club was tracking on and off the field amid concerns about their inconstant form.

The Bombers have had a mixed start to the season, winning two from four matches. Last weekend, they took down the previously-unbeaten Port Adelaide by 22 points on the back of losing two successive games to Fremantle and Western Bulldogs respectively.

The club has fared a little better off the field in recent days, announcing this week they had broken 70,000 members for the first time in their history.

Speaking on Afternoons with Mieke Buchan, Shane McInnes and Sam Stove, the Essendon CEO said the milestone was significant.

“We average 52,000 fans a week and are 146 years old, they’re significant numbers,” Campbell said.

“To reach that number, it’s something we’re really proud of but we know we have a lot of work ahead of us, especially on-field.”

The Bombers face Collingwood in their annual ANZAC Day clash and Campbell said it was “an honour and a privilege” to play on such a significant day.

“We had a session on Wedneday morning where we spoke about Essendon legend and 24th Infantry Battalion servant Jack Jones.”

Amid much speculation about the club’s future direction with other sporting franchises, Campbell confirmed that while it was unlikely the club could gain an NBL license ahead of next season, he said modern sporting clubs were changing and they were open to discussions in the future.

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