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AFL 2017 Round 09 - Essendon v West Coast

Sharrod Wellingham one of five Eagles delisted

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WEST Coast has shed more experience by delisting former star defender Sharrod Wellingham and goalsneak Josh Hill ahead of next month's crucial NAB AFL Draft.

Tom Lamb, who played one game in 2015, and rookies Tom Gorter and Jordan Snadden have also been cut.

West Coast has now made 12 list changes as the club embarks on an aggressive turnover of what was the AFL's oldest playing group this year.

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Wellingham, a member of Collingwood's 2010 premiership team, played 79 of his 171 games for West Coast.

He was a driving force behind the club's shock run to the 2015 Grand Final after finding a niche as a damaging half-back, but struggled to recapture that form in seasons since.

Wellingham fell out of favour in the second half of this season and made only 13 appearances – four of those after round nine – in an inconsistent campaign.

The 29-year-old was recalled to replace youngster Luke Partington for the Eagles' semi-final disaster against Greater Western Sydney but only had 14 touches and minimal impact.

Hill, 28, also enjoyed a career-best season in 2015, booting 40 goals as a crumbing small forward feasting at Josh Kennedy's feet.

However, his output dwindled to 24 majors from 22 games last year, and he managed only 16 goals in 12 appearances this season. 

The former Bulldog played 107 games and booted 151 majors for the Eagles, and was a Ross Glendinning medallist in the round 20 Western Derby in 2015.

Josh Hill's time at West Coast has ended after 107 games. Picture: AFL Photos
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West Coast drafted Lamb with its second pick, No.32 overall, in 2014 and had high hopes for the athletic 193cm forward.

The 21-year-old showed glimpses of his ability at East Perth – and booted five goals from 23 disposals in round two this season – but couldn't make the most of his talent.

Tall defender Gorter, a Royals product, has been cut after one season on the rookie list, while midfielder Snadden didn't crack a senior game in two years with the club.

"I would like to thank each of the players for their efforts and contributions to the football club over varying periods of time," football manager Craig Vozzo said. 

"This is a tough time of the year when difficult decisions are made and I would particularly like to acknowledge both Sharrod and Josh.

"They are senior players who have had a significant impact at the club over their time and both played in our 2015 Grand Final.

"I would like to wish each of the players every success in whatever awaits them in the next phase of their lives."

West Coast previously delisted injury-plagued Simon Tunbridge, while Matt Priddis, Sam Mitchell, Drew Petrie, Sam Butler, Jonathan Giles and Paddy Brophy have retired.

In the midst of a significant list overhaul, the Eagles face a crucial draft next month in Sydney.

West Coast, which traded away its 2018 first-round pick, holds five selections inside the first two rounds this year and is widely-expected to target homegrown products to help regenerate an ageing squad.

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