Essendon has kept alive one of its proudest names with Jake Long, the son of Michael, to join the AFL club.
The 18-year-old will join the club on Wednesday as a pre-listed rookie under the father-son rule.
Veteran Michael, who won two premierships with the Bombers, said he was delighted his son was following in his footsteps.
"We're pretty proud of what he's achieved," Michael Long said.
"He's just finished year 12 ... to top that off to be rookie-listed by the club that's been a big part of my life, it's a proud moment for the family."