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Dempsey done as Bombers cut three more

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Courtenay Dempsey has been delisted by the Bombers

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ESSENDON has continued its list overhaul, with veteran Courtenay Dempsey among three players delisted on Friday.

Dempsey was joined by Will Hams and rookie Gach Nyuon, taking the club's off-season turnover so far to 12 players.

A Bombers life member, Dempsey signed a one-year deal for 2016 but was forced to start the season on the sidelines after being suspended for a crude tackle on Brett Deledio.

He managed 14 games, taking his career tally to 133 games in 11 seasons,

"Courtenay has made a significant contribution to the club both on and off the field during a career which spanned more than a decade at Essendon," football manager Rob Kerr said.

"He played with flair and courage, was a role model to his young teammates and has worked hard to make a difference in the indigenous community.

"Courtenay should be extremely proud of what he has achieved at Essendon, and on behalf of everyone at the club, we wish Courtenay, his partner Danielle and children Chenae, Taitum and Mekhi every success for the future."

With 10 players returning from season-long doping bans, Kerr said the club had faced challenging decisions with its list management and competition for spots was tough.

The club has delisted nine players so far, with James Gwilt, Jason Ashby, Shaun Edwards, Tom Wallis, Nick Kommer and Yestin Eades joining Dempsey, Nyuon and Hams.

Michael Hibberd was also traded to Melbourne, with Adam Cooney and Tayte Pears retiring.