Saints cut Clarke
Delisted: Raphael Clarke. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
St Kilda has finally given up on waiting for Raphael Clarke to cement a senior spot, cutting him after 85 games in nine AFL seasons.
Injuries and form fluctuations meant the 27-year-old defender, a member of the Saints’ 2009 losing grand final side, never played more than 17 games in any season.
Clarke was chosen by St Kilda with pick eight in the 2003 national draft to play alongside older brother Xavier, whose injury-plagued career also failed to reach any great heights.
The Saints sacked Jason Gram on Tuesday.
Brett Peake, Dean Polo and Sam Crocker were delisted, while Brendon Goddard (Essendon) and Jamie Cripps (West Coast) have found new clubs.
Carlton has delisted forward Andrew Collins, the player they received two years ago from Richmond in a trade for Shaun Grigg.
While Grigg has become a key player with the Tigers, coming fifth in their best and fairest this season, Collins managed just 11 games in total in his two years with the Blues.
The 23-year-old will continue training with Carlton in the hope the Blues will re-list him through December’s pre-season draft.
Collins joins fellow delisted Blues Paul Bower, Bret Thornton and Rohan Kerr, while Jordan Russell was traded to Collingwood.
Fremantle, who has lost Antoni Grover to retirement and Greg Broughton to Gold Coast, delisted Jay van Berlo and upgraded Clancee Pearce and Lee Spurr from its rookie list.
Essendon promoted Mark Baguley from its rookie list and cut Michael Ross, who played two AFL games in two years.
The Western Bulldogs, who have lost 10 players through a combination of delistings, retirements and the trading of Brian Lake to Hawthorn, upgraded Tom Campbell and Jason Johannisen from their rookie list.
Melbourne elevated Daniel Nicholson and Michael Evans from its rookie list.