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A few days after the Semi-finals, West Coast announced three departures. Mark Hutchings and Brendon Ah Chee were delisted and ruckman Nathan Vardy retired. Hutchings, 30, played 120 games in nine seasons. He was a member of the 2018 Grand Final and played a key role in the game, shutting down Magpie star Steele Sidebottom.

Ah Chee, 27, was originally drafted by Port Adelaide in 2011 and played 27 games with the Power before being traded to the Eagles at the end of 2017. He was delisted and re-rookie listed by the Eagles at the end of 2019. He played 28 games for the Eagles. Vardy, 30, was drafted by Geelong in 2011 and played 25 games for the Cats before being traded to the Eagles at the end of 2016 and played 52 games including the 2018 premiership.

Football manager Craig Vozzo said the trio had been "highly valued and popular players." Mark’s professionalism and selfless approach was a wonderful lesson for so many of younger players. He has been a team-first player who got everything out of himself. Nathan came across from Geelong after not enjoying much luck with his body early in his career but managed to play some excellent football, most memorably in 2018 after Nic (Naitatui) went down, and he was an important part of what the team achieved. And as well as his playing achievements, Brendon will leave a legacy with his leadership among our Indigenous players as well."

Hawthorn has delisted James Cousins, Michael Hartley, journeyman ruckman Keegan Brooksby, Damon Greaves (who played seven games this year) and category B rookie Harrison Pepper. Cousins was drafted as a rookie in 2017 and elevated to the seniors in 2018. He played 10 games. Brooksby was drafted by Gold Coast in 2014 and played 15 games. He was delisted at the end of 2017 and returned to his original club South Adelaide for the 2018 season. He had a very impressive season and the Eagles noticed, selecting him in the inaugural 2019 preseason supplemental selection period (SSP). He failed to play a senior game for the Eagles with Naitatui returning from injury and was delisted. Hawthorn picked him up in the 2020 SSP but he played just senior game for the Hawks.

Hartley was drafted by Essendon in 2015 and played 44 games for the Bombers. He managed just seven games 2018 TO 2019. Essendon offered him a one year contract for 2020 bur he declined so he could explore other options. Hawthorn picked him up in the following preseason draft but he managed just five games in two seasons. with the Hawks. Greeves was taken in the 2019 rookie draft and played 10 games. Harrison Pepper is a former basketballer whom the Hawks selected as a Category B rookie in 2019, but never played a senior game.

Richmond delisted Patrick Naish. Naish, the son of former Tiger Chris, was a father-son selection in 2019 but played just nine games. However, he was a member of the Tigers' VFL premiership side in 2019.

Jake Carlisle, 29, has retired. He managed just four games this year with the Saints before a back injury ended his year. Originally drafted by Essendon in 2009, hew played 85 games with the Bombers before being traded to the Saints at the end of 2015. He was one of the 24 Bombers caught up in the supplements scandal and requested to be traded out of the club. Due to WADA overturning the not guilty verdict handed down by the AFL, he was one of the many players suspended. He served his suspension and returned to play 66 games for the Saints.

List manager James Gallagher said. “It hasn’t always been an easy path, particularly with his recent long-term back injuries, but Jake has continued to persevere and do everything he can to return. “His efforts in last year’s elimination final, which was his first-ever AFL finals win, were incredibly rewarding and something which still means a great deal to him ... ".

Sources: foxsports.com.au, afl.com.au, AFL Record Season Guides

Article last changed on Friday, September 10, 2021 - 9:47 PM EDT


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