In a lengthy post, the Bombers confirmed it will not be renewing the contracts of players Christian ‘Sleeping’ Tiensuu, Sebastian ‘Seb’ De Ceglie, Carlo ‘Looch’ La Civita, Alan ‘Tiger’ Roger and Andrew ‘Rosey’ Rose.
“In Split 1 of 2018, our team finished in seventh place in the OPL, falling short on the expectations of both our team and the pundits,” the Bombers’ post begins. “However, this result did not disappoint or dishearten our players, but instead gave them the motivation and fire. The players realised they had a lot to learn and had one more chance and so committed to giving everything to perform better in Split 2.”
Despite turning it around in Split 2 — with a win against every side and achieving a playoff berth — Essendon decided the hard work wasn’t enough.
“With the 2018 season officially at its end, we have taken the time to reflect on the 2018 season and evaluate our processes, support structures and roster moving forward. It is through these evaluations that we have come to an incredibly tough decision to not renew the contracts of any of our 2018 starting roster.”
From the look of the players’ Twitter accounts, the players may have known about the Bombers’ decision as early as 2 October. Over the course of that month, Roger, Tiensuu and Rose pinned tweets advising they were looking for new offers to play.
Hi, I'm announcing that i'm a free agent,
Holidays are over for me, back in EU after a year in OPL
For offers feel free to hit me at firstname.lastname@example.org or in dm,
Pref LCS or ACA in EU but i'm considering all offers,
RT if you support me, believe in me or to help me.
— Alan 'Tiger' Roger (@ROG_Tiger) October 5, 2018
Free agent toplaner looking for offers, mainly from LCS/Academy.
-Solid/strong communication, able to shotcall mid-late game
-Big champion pool, able to master any champion if required
-Very open to criticism
DMs open, email email@example.com
— Christian Tiensuu (@Sleepinglol1) October 24, 2018
Exploring options for 2019, open to playing multiple roles, primarily support
6 years competitive experience playing all roles, including multiple international tournaments
Contact email: Andrewrose950@gmail.com
Retweets appreciated / DMs open
— Rosey (@OCERosey) October 26, 2018
Rose appears to be the only player to address the news on social media.
“Was an amazing experience to be able to work for an org such as @bombers and getting to live out a childhood memory working with @EssendonFC,” he tweeted. “Wish we could’ve achieved more this year. Bol to @Sleepinglol1 @Tije987 @SebOCEJG @LoochOCE, thanks for the memories and a great year.”
The poor crew of the Bombers’ OPL side were also called “real nerds” when featured on a Channel 7 AFL broadcast earlier this year.
A new Essendon Bombers OPL roster has yet to be named. Our best wishes go out to the original team.