Hawk Osborne gone but he will be back
Michael Osborne. Photo: Paul Rovere
HAWTHORN is planning to redraft Michael Osborne in the pre-season draft, after culling the injured veteran from its list on Tuesday.
The Hawks' list shuffle ahead of Wednesday's first list lodgement saw Osborne forced off, along with retired pair Chance Bateman and Cameron Bruce, and defender Jarrad Boumann. Rookies Adam Pattison and Tom Schneider were also cut, while Broc McCauley has retired.
Osborne underwent a knee reconstruction in May, ending his 12th season short, but the club has pledged to support him through the rest of his rehab with the intention of bringing him back onto the list through the pre-season draft.
Meanwhile, Essendon has cut tough midfielder Sam Lonergan and forward Kyle Reimers, following the departure of Henry Slattery, Angus Monfries and Mark McVeigh.
Geelong has axed mature-age ruckman Orren Stephenson, mature-age rookie Jonathan Simpkin and tall defender Tom Gillies, making it seven players to have departed the 2011 premier since the end of the 2012 season.
Matthew Scarlett, David Wojcinski and Simon Hogan all retired at the end of the season, while Shannon Byrnes joined Melbourne as a free agent.
Geelong will have just two live selections in November's national draft (16 and 79), after an active trading period during which it acquired Hamish McIntosh, Jared Rivers and Josh Caddy and elevated Jesse Stringer from its rookie list.
A strong-bodied midfielder, Simpkin, 24, made his debut this season, and played four games, including the MCG final in which Geelong was eliminated by Fremantle. He previously spent two years on the Sydney Swans list without getting a senior game.
Gillies, sought by Hawthorn at the end of 2011, played five times this season, for a total of 13 matches in three years. The recruitment of Rivers, to play in defence alongside Harry Taylor and Tom Lonergan, appears to have sealed his fate at the Cattery.
The delisting of Simpkin and elevation of Stringer has left the Cats with the required four rookies: George Burbury, Josh Walker, Jackson Sheringham and Cameron Eardley.
Geelong will not have a selection in December's rookie draft.
Richmond has cut key position prospect Jayden Post, who played 30 senior games over four seasons after being taken at No. 26 in the 2008 national draft.