Aaron Francis is taking personal leave for an extended period of time in order deal with a matter regarding his mental health.
General Manager of Football, Dan Richardson, said Francis has the full support of the Club.
“Aaron is a wonderful young man and his decision to speak up and ask for help is extremely courageous,” Richardson said.
“The Club will support Aaron in any way we can, and we will give him as much time as he needs to get better.
“He has an extremely strong network of support and we look forward to seeing him return to the Club when he feels ready.
“We kindly ask that Aaron is given the appropriate time and privacy to deal with this matter.”
If you or somebody you know requires help, please contact the following services:
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 46 36 www.beyondblue.org.au
Lifeline – 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
Mensline – 1300 78 99 78 mensline.org.au
Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800 kidshelpline.com.au
Source: Essendon FC’s website