AFL cult hero Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti’s next football team revealed

Essendon cult hero Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti will continue playing football in red and black.

McDonald-Tipungwuti had a sad finish to his 133-game AFL career when his beloved Bombers were thumped by Collingwood in his last game in Round 24.

There were emotional scenes after the final siren, too, when the fan favourite was chaired off following an embrace from Collingwood’s spiritual leader Brayden Maynard.

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But now the Tiwi Bombers have confirmed that McDonald-Tipungwuti’s boots will not be permanently on the hook.

The Tiwi Bombers play in the Northern Territory Football League and have an affiliation with the AFL’s Essendon Bombers.

McDonald-Tipungwuti – who is known as Walla or Tippa – has played with the club previously. And that puts him alongside AFL royalty such as Michael Long and Dean Rioli who also have a playing history with both Bombers.

McDonald-Tipungwuti will be an exciting addition to the Tiwi Bombers. Credit: Getty Images

In a statement on Facebook on Thursday, the club was buzzing about the return of the dynamic forward.

“We are excited to share the news that our favourite son, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti is returning to the Tiwi Bombers for the 2023/24 AFLNT season after an illustrious 133 game AFL career with the Essendon Football Club,” they said.

“Anthony’s return will add valuable experience and leadership for our very young group and his story of resilience and perseverance will be great learnings for our players in both our men and women’s football programs.

“Walla last played for the Tiwi Bombers in our premiership year in 2011/12 season.”

Born in the Tiwi Islands, McDonald-Tipungwuti moved to Melbourne aged 17 when unable to speak, read or write English.

The goalsneak played for Gippsland Power in the U18 competition and played reserves for the Bombers before they rookie listed him in late 2015.

He made his AFL debut in 2016 and was Essendon’s leading goalkicker in 2020.

A trip around Australia with his beloved blue heeler changed McDonald-Tipungwuti’s retirement plans. Credit: Instagram

He retired in May last year before changing his mind in November after a journey around the country – with his dog – reignited his passion for AFL.

When he confirmed he was backflipping on his decision to retire, he said “it was great for me to go away and find myself again.”.

The 30-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Bombers ahead of the 2023 season and said coach Brad Scott was pivotal in his decision to return to the club.

“(Scott) was one of the guys that really had faith and confidence that it would help me as a player but more as a person too,” he said.

With his ferocious attack on the ball and eye for goal, McDonald-Tipungwuti became an instant fan favourite at the Bombers.

While there was not much to cheer about in his last game, the Essendon army still made plenty of noise whenever Walla went near the ball.

Unfortunately for the fans, he was unable to manage one last goal.

The Crows are desperate to keep the defender but 7NEWS AFL reporter Mitch Cleary says Doedee has spoken to the Lions and the offer is ‘weighing on his mind’.

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