As usual at this time of year, clubs whose seasons are over, begin reviewing their player lists and culling players to prepare for the national draft by opening spots on the roster in a process known as delisting. Some players decide it is time to hang up the boots while others decide they want out of where they are at. So here is the latest as the first part of a multi-part post.
North Melbourne delisted Billy Hartung, Tom Jeffries, Oscar Junker, Gordon Narrier, Daniel Nielson, and Josh Williams. Hartung was thrown a lifeline by the Kangaroos in last year's draft after being delisted by Hawthorn. The midfielder played 63 games for the Hawks 2014-17 and 13 games for Roos, with his solitary year with the club ruined by a torn hamstring in Round 14. After making their debuts in 2017,
Nielson and Williams were unable to break back into the North side this year, having played seven and two career games respectively. Junker was unfortunate to have broken his leg in a preseason practice match last year, but was relisted as a rookie this season, while Narrier was selected with pick 20 in the 2017 rookie draft. Jeffries was signed as a category B selection [coming from a non-Aussie rules area] with a background in rowing and rugby.
North Melbourne GM, Cameron Joyce, said delisting players is always tough for all involved, “It’s the worst part of our job, by far ...Our focus though is on supporting the boys as best we can as they transition to another club or in some cases, look to go in another direction completely in terms of their careers ... they’ve given their all to the ... club and we must duly acknowledge their contributions and efforts.”
Gold Coast has delisted Michael Barlow, along with rookie-listed players Josh Jaska, Max Spencer, and Mackenzie Willis have also been let go by the Suns. Barlow, 30 joined the Suns from Fremantle at the end of 2016 but managed just three games in 2018 after falling out of favor since the arrival of Coach Stuart Dew.
Port Adelaide has delisted Jimmy Toumpas and Emmanuel Irra. Toumpas was originally drafted by Melbourne in 2012, but was traded to Port at the end of 2015. He played a total of 10 games for Port after 27 with the Demons. Toumpas couldn't force his way into the Power's best 22 and was overtaken by the likes of Dan Houston and Riley Bonner in the back line.
Irra became the first Ugandan player at the club after being drafted as a Category B [players recruited directly and from non-traditional backgrounds] pre-selection from South Adelaide in 2016. Irra, 24, never made his senior debut but was a strong contributor in defense in the SANFL. A knee injury in Round 16 ended his season.
For a number of weeks late in the season, there was speculation that the out of contract Jared Polec was being chased by North Melbourne with an offer that Port would not be able to match. That scenario has come to pass, with the out of contract Polec going through his exit interview just a few days after the Power's final match against Essendon. As of this writing, he has yet to sign a deal with North.
The Western Bulldogs have delisted Kieran Collins and Nathan Mullenger-McHugh. Collins was drafted in 2015 and played one game for the Dogs, while Mullenger-McHugh didn’t play an AFL match after being drafted in 2016.
Adelaide has delisted Harry Dear, Ben Jarman and Jackson Edwards. None of the three got to make their debuts at AFL level. Jarman, 20, is the son of dual premiership Crow player Darren Jarman, and played forward, showing impressive goal sense. He was selected in the 2016 draft. Edwards, 19, is the son of Tyson, who played 321 games for the club, and the cousin of Ben Jarman. He was selected in last year's rookie draft. Dear, 22, was drafted in 2014 and played 50 games in the SANFL. He also was a forward. His father Paul lined up in 123 matches for Hawthorn and was the 1991 Norm Smith medalist. Sam Gibson and Curly Hampton previously announced their retirements.
Adelaide's Mitch McGovern, despite having several years left on his contract, told the club after Round 23 that he wants to return to Melbourne and has requested a trade.
Nathan Freeman, 23, has been dropped from the roster [delisted] by the Saints. Originally drafted by Collingwood in 2013, he was traded to St Kilda at the end of 2015, despite persistent hamstring injuries. He failed to play a senior game with the Magpies. He finally got his chance to debut in Round 20 this year after struggling with hamstring issues and a shoulder injury while playing in the VFL. He played just two games before being dropped for the final round.
Sources:afl.com.au. sen.com.au, AFL Record Season Guide
Article last changed on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 3:52 PM EDT