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Dockers axe versatile mid after nine years

AFL 2017 Round 23 - Essendon v Fremantle
Nick Suban has been delisted by the Dockers

NICK Suban is holding onto hope of an AFL lifeline after being delisted by Fremantle.

The 27-year-old utility, who received life membership at this month's Doig Medal presentation, is the last Docker to be cut ahead of the upcoming NAB AFL Draft. 

Suban wants to extend his career and his manager, Jason Dover, has been testing the waters with rival clubs in a bid to find the Victorian a new home after nine seasons and 156 games in purple.

"I have really enjoyed my time at Fremantle and want to thank everyone who has helped me over the past nine years," Suban said.

"I am proud to be a life member of the club but feel like I still have a lot to give an AFL club and hope to play against the boys at some stage next year."

Suban was one of Ross Lyon's trusted lieutenants during the club's most successful era between 2013-15, when he played 67 games – including the 2013 Grand Final.

But he was one of six players who paid the price for Freo's nightmare start to 2017 when he was axed after the round two debacle against Port Adelaide.

Suban finally regained his spot in round 14 and played the final 10 games but he has become another casualty of Freo's aggressive list turnover, with 12 players now departing the rebuilding club this year.

"Nick’s achieved a great deal at this club over the past nine years and to reach 150 games is a testament to his ability and dedication as a player," football operations boss Chris Bond said.

"The fans saw first-hand how hard Nick worked on the field, and he worked just as hard at training and behind the scenes. 

"He has been a highly valued member of our playing group and we wish Nick and wife Bianca all the best for the future." 

The Dockers are set to invest heavily in next month's draft after finalising their list.

Freo could take up to eight new draftees, including two prized top-five selections.