Essendon coach John Worsfold says he wants James Hird at the club this year.
Hird resigned as coach in 2015 after four years of hell on the back of the club’s supplements saga.
The Bombers great admitted the ordeal took a huge toll on his mental health which culminated in an overdose and stint in a mental health facility.
The premiership-winner has said he is on the path to recovery and believes Essendon can put the controversial chapter behind them with a sterling 2017.
The club started their season in stunning fashion at the weekend with a strong win over arch-rivals Hawthorn.
Stating Hird would have a positive influence on the players, Worsfold said the Bombers would love to welcome him back to the club.
"I don't know James personally very well but he is a massive part of the history and success of the Essendon footy club through his playing days. Everyone acknowledges that," Worsfold told Fox Footy.
"The old time members, they tell me he's in the two best players every at the footy club.
"I know (Essendon chairman) Lindsay Tanner has said we'll make sure that happens."