Now that Gumby is off to the Dockers the number 3 guernsey at Essendon has become vacant. But who would want it? Other than the greatest of them all, Dick Reynolds, and perhaps Paul Salmon the number has been a curse to many who have worn it. Only four players have played more than 100 games wearing the number: Dick Reynolds, Paul Salmon, Norm Beckton, and John Gill. It has been a number often allocated to the “next best thing” at Essendon and the fans have watched and waited with huge expectations for those players to live up to the hype that preceded them only to be let down by their performances on the field. Remember Barry Day? He came across from South Australia in 1979 with a huge reputation. Six goals in a practice match, if I remember correctly, enhanced that reputation and big things were expected. But alas, they were not to be. Ian Payne, Michael Redenbach, Steven Beaumont, Ryan O’Connor, and Aaron Henneman together with Day, Fish and Gumby have worn the number 3 since 1970. Only the Fish you can honestly say has worn that number with any distinction. So who will wear number 3 come the 2014 season? It’s time for the circle to turn.