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More Retirements And Delistings

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago 

With the trade period concluded, clubs embarked on the next phase of list changes in the form of delistings. Two veterans, Shane Mumford and Travis Cloke also announced their retirements.

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AFL Trades, Delistings and Retirements

 by Lisa Albergo reporting from AFANA from Chicago

On October 6, the two-week free agency/trade period began, as well as several clubs delisting players to make places available for newcomers. The biggest news ahead of this period was Gary Ablett requesting a trade back to Geelong despite a year left on his contract with the Suns. Others to request trades have been: Port's Jarman Impey designating Hawthorn his preferred choice, Giants Nathan Wilson and Devon Smith, Adelaide's Jake Lever and Charlie Cameron. The Bulldogs were also seeking to trade Jake Stringer, whose inconsistent form has seen fall out of favor. Melbourne was also seeking to trade Jack Watts, who was bitterly disappointed at not being able to remain with the club.

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Goodes Leads Latest AFL Departures

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Within the football community, including his teammates and Coach John Longmire, there was speculation that Adam Goodes would retire at the end of the year. And so it came to be after Sydney's season ended at the hands of North Melbourne. There was no fanfare or chairing from the ground as Goodes did not announce his retirement until after the game in the rooms. Goodes was close to quitting mid-season after the widely reported over the top jeering from opposition fans but returned after a week away to see out the season. It is believed he will miss the Grand Final parade and traditional pre-game lap of honor for retiring players due to taking some holiday time. However he will have a chance to farewell the fans at the start of next season.

Although disappointed with the loss and missing out on one more chance at a premiership, Goodes leaves the game having achieved almost all there is to achieve over 372 games. He holds the record for the most games by an indigenous player and is inside the top ten in League history. His work in the community and for indigenous people has also been recognized and commended by many.

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Collingwood Duo Accept Drug Bans

 by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA

Young Magpie duo Lachlan Keeffe and Josh Thomas still are not completely sure how the banned steroid clenbuterol got into their systems, but believe the illegal drugs they took during what they called "a night out" were laced with the banned steroid. While accepting responsibility for their actions at a press conference on August 10, they stressed they did not knowingly take the performance enhancing drug. They have accepted two year bans as well as a $50,000 fine each. With the provisional suspension being handed down last March after the first positive test was returned, the pair will be eligible to return in the 2017 season.
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AFL Clubs Cut And Deal

Who's in, who's out next season

Bulldogs Win Bid

Several weeks ago, the Western Bulldogs indicated they would select Ayce Cordy under the father-son rule. However, St. Kilda was also interested in the Geelong Falcons junior and were willing to give up their Round One draft selection (#13 overall) to secure him. Under the bidding rules, the Bulldogs matched St. Kilda's offer of giving up their Round One draft selection (#14 overall) to secure Cordy.

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AFL Departures

Departures--voluntary and otherwise

Defender Shane Wakelin has retired, as has Ryan Lonie. Wakelin, 34, played 94 games for St. Kilda before joining Collingwood. He played 158 games for the Magpies. His twin brother Darryl also played for St. Kilda. Darryl played 115 games 1995-2000 before being traded to Port Adelaide where he played a further 146 games including Port's first premiership in 2004. Shane, however, never played in a winning premiership team. He played in Collingwood's two Grand Finals in 2002 and 2003, both of which were won by Brisbane. Darryl retired at the end of last season.

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