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The AFL’s offer to James Hird

James Hird is set to make his official return to the AFL on Grand Final Day.

The former Essendon coach has been asked by the league to present this year’s Norm Smith Medal.

In August 2013, he was suspended from coaching for 12 months when he was charged by the AFL with conduct prejudicing the game in relation to his role in the Essendon Football Club supplements controversy.

He returned to the club following the 2014 season, but resigned in August 2015.

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