Essendon draftee Ben Hobbs was progressive successful the astir affectional infinitesimal successful the archetypal circular of the AFL Draft, warring backmost tears earlier proceeding his sanction called.
Hobbs, who was tipped by galore experts to spell wrong the top-10, slid connected the opening nighttime of the draught earlier the Bombers jumped astatine the accidental to prime him.
Prior to the enactment being made authoritative by AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan, cameras panned to Hobbs who looked disquieted that he'd been sliding earlier feelings of anxiousness were replaced by ones of axenic joy.
"It's an astonishing feeling," Hobbs told Fox Footy.
"I'm truthful gladsome that my name's been called retired by the Bombers. They're an astonishing nine and I can't hold to get into it.
"I got a telephone this day and they conscionable said, 'If you're determination it could happen', truthful I'm truthful blessed it's happened.
"It's been a imagination for arsenic agelong arsenic I tin retrieve and it's the champion time of my beingness for sure. Dad's an Essendon protagonist truthful it's worked perfectly."
Hobbs was greeted by an Essendon contingent aft helium was drafted, with skipper Dyson Heppell, Dylan Shiel, Andrew McGrath and Jordan Ridley successful attendance.
"It wasn't excessively large of a night, but 5 of the Essendon boys came and saw maine astatine the London Tavern, truthful that was a truly peculiar moment," helium told SEN Breakfast.
"They met my household and made maine consciousness a small spot much comfortable."