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Crows chop another two, confirm new deals for trio

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26: Ricky Henderson of the Crows runs with the ball during the round 23 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the West Coast Eagles at Adelaide Oval on August 26, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images/AFL Media)
Ricky Henderson has been delisted by the Crows

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EXPERIENCED utility Ricky Henderson will be hoping to revive his AFL career as a delisted free agent after Adelaide showed him the door on Monday.

The Crows cut Henderson and midfielder Mitch Grigg ahead of the AFL's first list lodgement deadline.

The Crows have also confirmed the upgrading of ruckman Reilly O'Brien, a new two-year deal for emerging forward Harry Dear and one-year extensions for rookies Jonathon Beech and Paul Hunter.

Henderson, 28, played 90 games for the Crows over the past eight seasons since being taken with the 10th pick of the 2008 rookie draft from Trentham.

He managed only nine senior appearances this year despite averaging 22.1 possessions and six marks per game.

The 188cm Henderson has often been used as a running half-back flanker, but can also play on the wing or through the midfield.

Henderson was looking for a new home during the NAB AFL Trade Period, but rival clubs can now pick him up for nothing.

The same goes for 23-year-old Grigg, who was unable to force his way into the Crows' midfield this year despite impressive form in the SANFL.

The 41st selection in the 2011 draft from Norwood, Grigg played 20 games in four seasons with the Crows, averaging 14.4 possessions, 3.6 marks and 2.6 tackles per game.

"This is always a difficult time of year at football clubs when some tough decisions need to made," Crows general manager of list management and strategy Justin Reid said.

"We thank both Ricky and Mitch for their commitment and dedication during their time at the club.

"They have both been professional in their approach and we wish them all the very best for the future."

O'Brien moves on to the senior list after earlier this year signing a contract extension until the end of 2017.

The 21-year-old made his AFL debut this season when first-choice ruckman Sam Jacobs missed two games with an ankle injury.

O'Brien – the ninth pick in the 2014 rookie draft – looked assured in big victories against the Brisbane Lions and Fremantle in rounds 19 and 20.

Dear is yet to break into the senior team, but there are big hopes for the talented 197cm key forward.

The 20-year-old continued to develop his game in the SANFL this year, kicking 37 goals, as he bides his time behind Taylor Walker and Josh Jenkins.

The Crows have now made six changes to their primary list ahead of next month's draft.

Along with Henderson and Grigg, others to depart are former captain Nathan van Berlo and Matthew Jaensch (both who have retired), Luke Lowden (delisted) and Jarryd Lyons (traded to Gold Coast).

Rookie Keenan Ramsey was also delisted.

The Crows have picks 13, 43, 53, 67 and 89 in the national draft.