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Conca Marks the Ball

Young forward Tyson Stengle, 23, has officially been delisted. He was originally drafted by Richmond in the 2017 rookie draft and played two games before being traded to Adelaide at the end of 2018. However, he has had several off-field indiscretions. He was originally stood down last December but was officially stood down from the club this past March and has been playing with Woodville-West Torrens since. The Adelaide Crows released a statement confirming that the player and club had come to an agreement to end Stengle's employment. Stengle kicked 15 goals in 16 games for the Crows.

Saint Shaun McKernan has retired. The younger brother of former Kangaroo star Corey has announced his retirement after one season at the Saints where he managed just four games. He was originally drafted by Adelaide in 2009 and played 34 games. At the end of 2014, Essendon picked him up in the rookie draft and was later elevated to the senior list. He played 53 games with the Bombers before crossing to the Saints last year as a free agent. He kicked 91 games in his career. He was a member of Adelaide's preseason premiership side in 2012.

Docker defender Reece Conca was told by the Dockers his services were no longer required. He was originally drafted by the Tigers and played 104 games. He joined Fremantle as an unrestricted free agent at the end of 2018. He played 46 games for the Dockers. He could look for a new home in 2022. He was a Rising Star nominee in 2011.

Docker midfielder Stephen Hill announced his retirement after 218 games since he debuted in 2009. He has battled injuries for most of this season. He was a Rising Star nominee in 2009 and was named All-Australian in 2015.

Rookie Leno Thomas has been delisted. He was a member of the club's Next Generation program in 2019 and drafted in 2020 but never played a senior game. The Dockers have also delisted forward Brett Bewley, defenders Tobe Watson Taylin Duman, and midfielder Stefan Giro.

Watson was drafted in 2019 and played all of his 11 games this year. Bewley was drafted in 2018 and played six games this season to bring his three-season tally to 25. Duman was drafted in 2016 and played 45 games, but managed just six in 2021. Giro departs after four seasons marred by serious knee injuries, with a total of 14 games (10 in 2018, four in 2021). Giro's four seasons have been marred by serious knee injuries and he played just 14 games. The Dockers are facing another departure with midfielder Adam Cerra requesting a trade back home to Victoria. He has nominated Carlton as his preferred destination.

Source:,, AFL Record Season Guide

Another Daicos is heading for Collingwood. Nick Daicos, the son of former star Peter and brother of Josh, has joined Collingwood's Next Generation program and is eligible as a father-son selection in the draft later this year. Under the rules, rival clubs can put of draft selections to bid on Nick but the club has guaranteed the Daicos family that they will match any bids from other clubs. A highly talented junior who has had senior exposure through Collingwood’s VFL program, Daicos will add to a host of talented young players at the Magpies. That young talent includes Oliver Henry, Finlay Macrae, Reef McInnes, Caleb Poulter, Liam McMahon, Beau McCreery - all drafted in 2020. Rookies Isaac Chugg and Jack Ginnivan, and mid-season recruits Ash Johnson and Aiden Begg, have since joined the club.

Nick said, “Collingwood is my family’s football home and I’m thrilled to be coming. I like the sense of tradition but it is also my start, the chance to write my own chapter in the black and white. I know quite a few of the boys and it’s also exciting to know that I will be joining a wider group of younger players who I can share my start with. It will be great to build something together.”

Collingwood GM of Football, Graham Wright, played with Peter Daicos at Collingwood. The two shared in the 1990 premiership, “It’s pleasing for our members, fans, and Nick’s future teammates that he has committed to nominating us under the father-son rule ... Nick’s a highly talented mid-fielder - he has outstanding skills, hits the scoreboard and works hard at his game. Like all young players, he has work to do but he is certainly talented and committed ... We are confident Nick will receive a first-rate football education at Collingwood and have a long and distinguished career ...".

Source: Stephen Rielly, Collingwood Media Release

Article last changed on Friday, September 10, 2021 - 9:37 PM EDT

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