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Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti is eyeing a shock return to the AFL, with Fremantle early favorites to sign the 29-year-old, according to Matthew Lloyd.

He hasn’t played at all in 2022 after taking personal leave.

According to Lloyd, McDonald-Tipungwuti attended Essendon’s best and fairest prize on Monday night.

“A little bit of news, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti was in the room despite retiring earlier in the year and he is considering returning to football to play in the AFL next year,” Lloyd said. AFL Commercial Radio.

“Essendon are very keen on him joining Essendon, but Fremantle Dockers are leading the race to have Anthony next year.

“Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti is considering moving to Western Australia to play for Fremantle if he decides he will work and play AFL football again.

“The Bombers and Fremantle would like him to play and Fremantle (is) leading the way right now.

“I think for Anthony, his lifestyle and everything, he’s been through quite a bit. I think that’s the environment he needs and if he thinks it’s better to leave Victoria, well, I would be comfortable with that.”

McDonald-Tipungwuti was picked up by the Bombers in the 2015 rookie draft and made his senior debut in the season opener the following season.

He was a fan favorite for the Bombers and was Essendon’s top goalkeeper in 2020.

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