Alex Rance is on the verge of making a shock appearance for Essendon’s VFL team this weekend, according to the Herald Sun.

The 31-year-old Richmond premiership player most recently played for Seymour in the Goulburn Valley League, having announced his AFL retirement at the end of 2019.

According to the report, Rance’s strong relationship with Essendon senior coach Ben Rutten is said to be a factor, with the Bombers set to play Southport on Sunday.

Rance was named in the All-Australian side five times, while also winning Richmond’s best and fairest award in 2015.