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Kangaroos cull two rookies after Hansen delisting

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NORTH Melbourne has delisted rookies Will Fordham and Matthew Taylor, bringing the Roos' confirmed player departures to three.

North announced on Wednesday evening that Fordham, 21, and Taylor, 20, would not be offered contracts for 2018, having a day earlier confirmed veteran defender Lachlan Hansen's delisting.

Fordham spent three years on North's rookie list and was a consistent performer for VFL affiliate Werribee, but the hard-running defender was unable to break into the Roos' senior team.

Taylor was recruited by North in last year's rookie draft after an impressive 2016 season with Perth in the WAFL. The defender was a skillful kick and impressed with Werribee this year, but also failed to earn an AFL game.

"It's always a tough time of the year advising certain players that their contracts won't be renewed and the past two days have been no different," North football manager Cameron Joyce said.

"Will and Matt have taken good strides and shown great development in their time with us and I sincerely hope their football journeys continue for many years to come.

"We wish them some individual and team success in the not-too-distant future, regardless of where they end up playing next."