You just want to go and see him and give him a hug

Hibberd joined Melbourne from Essendon after serving, along with his teammates, a season-long doping suspension in 2016, with his relationship with Goodwin a key factor in his decision to switch clubs.

“It’s obviously without question a really tragic situation for Michael and his family. They are clearly doing it really tough at the moment. I have been in contact with Michael numerous times every day and he is holding up really well and clearly he has got a lot of mixed emotions and coming to terms with the whole situation,” Goodwin said.

“The club have put a great support network around him and we are working really closely with the family and the players have certainly rallied behind him with messages and we will do anything we can to support the family.”

Hibberd posted a long message on Instagram expressing his heartache at his brother’s disappearance which began: “My Brother, my big brother. To say I am heartbroken and devastated is the world’s biggest understatement.

“I will never forget how you have always been there and would do anything for not just me but honestly anyone.

“You’re one of the most unique, kind and caring people I’ve ever met and I’m so lucky I had the gift of you as a big brother through my whole life.

“You were my first point of call growing up when I needed someone, you would drop anything you were doing at anytime, just to help me.

“I idolised you! You were my hero. You still are!! I know you have always been my No.1 fan and the bond we had as brothers was like nothing else.”


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