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Shortly after the trade period concluded, Brisbane, Melbourne and North Melbourne delisted some players.

The Lions cut Tom Joyce, Brock Smith, rookie Connor Ballenden, and Cam Ellis-Yolmen. The club plans to re-select Ellis-Yolmen (who joined the club at the end of 2019 as a free agent) as a rookie. Ellis-Yolmen managed just nine games in 2020 and none in 2021. Ballenden, a Lions academy product, played three AFL matches, while Joyce and Smith never managed a senior game. The Lions are considering offering them VFL playing contracts if they fail to find another AFL home.

Melbourne has delisted defender Marty Hore and rookie draftee Kye Declase. Hore, 25, was mature-age recruit from the VFL in 2018 and played all his 14 games in 2019. His 2020 was ruined by a broken toe and then a quad injury. He ruptured his ACL early in 2021 and missed the entire year. Declase, 24, joined Melbourne in the midseason rookie draft as a strong-bodied utility but the lack of VFL football in the second half of the year and the Demons' strong form prevented him from breaking into the side for a debut.

North Melbourne delisted defender Shaun Atley, midfielder Trent Dumont, Charlie Ham and ruckman Tom Campbell. Veteran Atley, 29, played 234 games across 11 seasons. He played 16 games in his first season and played no fewer than 20 games thereafter - barring the COVID-shortened 2020 (17 games). General manager Brady Rawlings said, "You couldn't get a more committed and popular club man than Shaun. He would always put team success above his own ambitions, even though he's been a great player for us in his own right."

Dumont, 26, had a slower start to his career since being drafted in 2013. He debuted early in 2015 and finally cemented a spot in the midfield by 2017. He played 79 of a possible 83 games from 2017-20, before falling out of favor under new Coach David Noble this season. He was an unrestricted free agent this year but failed to land a move in the transfer window. Rawlings said, "Like 'Ats', 'Froggy' (Dumont) has been a North Melbourne person through and through and he's developed into a really dependable contributor across his 100-plus games. "It's just unfortunate for 'Frog' that he suffered a couple of calf injuries at the start of this year. It's a credit to him that he was able to get back into the team after a long layoff and add his leadership to a pretty young group."

Campbell, 29, played 12 senior games at North for a career total of 54 after beginning his career at the Western Bulldogs, while Ham leaves after playing four VFL games for the club since arriving in early June via the midseason rookie draft.

Source: afl.com.au, AFL Record Season Guide

Article last changed on Monday, October 25, 2021 - 3:37 PM EDT


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