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Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell has left the door open for James Hird to return to Essendon.
Speaking on the Sunday Rub ahead of the Carlton v Essendon clash, Campbell made it clear that the club had not blacklisted Hird and would embrace his return.
“James is a past player, a very significant past player in our history and the invitations and the extensions of invitations always exist for that group," Campbell said.
"Thats probably something for James really in his time and when he feels comfortable about coming back to our football club really."
Campbell did say however that he had not spoken to Hird personally recently, but had spoken to many connected with the former coach.
The CEO said any decision to return would ultimately be left to Hird.
Campbell is not the only advocate for Hird's return, with current coach John Worsfold having expressed a similar sentiment recently.
Worsfold stated a few week ago his intentions to get Hird back into the club in some capacity this season.
"I don't know James personally very well but he is a massive part of the history and success of the Essendon footy club through his playing days. Everyone acknowledges that," Worsfold told Fox Footy.
"The old time members, they tell me he's in the two best players ever at the footy club.
"I know (Essendon chairman) Lindsay Tanner has said we'll make sure that happens."