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Mark Jamar played 155 games across 14 years at Melbourne

MELBOURNE has let go of ruckman Mark Jamar, deciding not to offer the 32-year-old a contract for season 2016. 

Jamar played 155 senior games for the Demons but peaked in 2010 when he gained All Australian selection and finished third in Melbourne's best and fairest. 

He played the first five games this season before being overtaken in the pecking order by Max Gawn and Jake Spencer. 

Jamar said he was open to the idea of continuing his career elsewhere. 

"I've just got to take a few weeks and spend some time with the family and decide [if I want to try and keep playing in the AFL] in the near future," he told the club's website. 

"But the body's good and I really enjoyed playing footy this year, so I haven't ruled anything out.  

"At this stage, I'm going to reflect on my time as a player at Melbourne and just sit back and enjoy the memories."

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Melbourne football manager Josh Mahoney praised Jamar's efforts over his 14 seasons and said he deserved credit for helping develop Gawn and Spencer. 

"Mark gave us tremendous service over a long period of time," Mahoney said.

"He experienced some terrific times, including being named All Australian, but he also suffered a number of injuries in his career, so to be able to achieve what he did was a fine effort.

"Mark should be very proud of what he achieved as a player and should take pride in the work he has done with Max Gawn and Jake Spencer."