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The Western Bulldogs have delisted experienced pair Jackson Trengove and Matt Suckling after a successful trade period that saw the club land Adam Treloar, Stefan Martin and Mitch Hannan.
The pair both arrived at the club as free agents with Suckling unlucky not to play in the club's 2016 premiership having moved from Hawthorn where he played in their 2015 premiership team.
He played 76 games for the Bulldogs and 102 games with the Hawks and earned a reputation as a brave and skilful left foot kick with his unusual style meaning the ball was quick to reach its target.
Matt Suckling the Hawk, during the 2015 grand final.Credit:Scott Barbour
Trengove moved from Port Adelaide to play as a versatile tall in defence, attack and the ruck but after playing 32 games in his first two seasons at the club – and being part of the leadership group – he managed just one game this season.
The Bulldogs also delisted Callum Porter, who played his one game for the club this season against the Gold Coast. Porter was a hard working player who was respected for his dedication.
The club's list manager Sam Power said they were tough calls to make but necessary particularly with list sizes reduced.
"These are difficult decisions to make, because we’re dealing with quality individuals who cannot be questioned for their hard work and dedication," Power said.
Trengove just turned 30 while Suckling is 32.
Melbourne have delisted defender Oscar McDonald after 81 games with the 24-year-old battling to find a spot alongside Jake Lever and Steven May this season. He played just six games in 2020. The Demons also delisted Aaron Nietschke however they have committed to re-drafting him in the rookie draft in December.
The Saints also had to delist Ed Phillips after recruiting Jack Higgins, Brad Crouch and Shaun McKernan during the trade period.
Phillips – the brother of Hawthorn's Tom Phillips – played 15 games for the Saints and showed he was still capable of performing in the AFL when he kicked two running goals within a minute against Geelong in round 11 this season.
Meanwhile Essendon re-signed two players with Brayden Ham and Jayden Laverde recommitting for 2021.
Both players accepted one-year deals with Ham beginning to emerge as a speedy wingman after 15 games while Laverde was in the best form of his short career early in the season before he suffered a syndesmosis injury which restricted him to just six games for the season.
Geelong also announced they had extended ruckman Rhys Stanley's deal, the contract agreed to earlier in the season, while Zach Touhy has signed for another two seasons with the Cats.
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