Ipswich Eagles players had the rare chance to train alongside a current AFL player this week.
Essendon Bombers defender Courtenay Dempsey, headed down to the club, where his brother-in-law plays, before the start of the official AFL pre-season.
The Manunda Hawks junior, who has now notched up 105 games in the AFL, headed down to the club to have a run ahead of his return to Bombers training next week.
Eagles president, Andrew Thompson, said it was a great experience for the Eagles to see how an AFL player trains up close.
“I think there are about a billion pictures on Facebook now,” he said.
“They were stoked to have him having a run around with them.
‘it’s not often you have a current AFL player at training, so that was great.”
Dempsey was drafted by Essendon at number 19 in the 2005 National Draft, from his senior club, Morningside.
The 28 year-old has struggled with injuries for much of his career, but managed 18 games in 2014 and his preparation for 2015 has started well
The Eagles recently announced the appointment of former Brisbane Lions and Hawthorn player, Rhan Hooper, as their senior playing coach for 2015.