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Cameron Pedersen's six-season stint at Melbourne has ended

FRINGE Demons Cameron Pedersen and Tom Bugg are among five Demons who won't be at Melbourne next year.

The Demons announced the pair's departure on Tuesday, along with ruckmen Mitch King and Lochie Filipovic, and injury-prone defender Pat McKenna. 

Most players had their exit meetings at the club on Monday afternoon after the Demons' AFL and VFL campaigns ended at the weekend.

Melbourne has already begun its work in the off-season player market, preparing to trade in Kangaroo Braydon Preuss.

Pedersen carved out a successful 64-game career with the Demons, having been traded to the club from North Melbourne in exchange for Jordan Gysberts at the end of 2012.

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However, he was stuck behind Max Gawn, Tom McDonald and Sam Weideman this season and managed only four games

Pedersen took to Twitter on Tuesday to confirm that his time at the club would come to an end this year.

"What a whirlwind the past 6 years have been!" Pedersen said.

"Time is up for me at this great club but I'm very proud where the club sits moving forward. A big thank you to all the supporters and Melbourne and Casey for all the support over the years."

Pedersen had previously played 16 games with the Kangaroos.

 

Bugg joined the Demons in the 2015 Trade Period after 65 games with Greater Western Sydney.

The 25-year-old forward added 31 matches in three seasons for a total of 96, but his opportunities dwindled after he made 18 senior appearances in 2016.

Bugg's career will unfortunately be best known for his infamous punch that knocked out Sydney's Callum Mills in the clubs' round 15 clash last year.

He received a six-game ban for his action and managed only three more matches this season, but none after round four.

 

McKenna failed to play a senior game in his two years at Melbourne, after being traded in from GWS for a third and fourth-round selection. 

Ruck pair King, who was selected by Melbourne at pick No.42 in the 2015 draft, and Filipovic (pick No.8 in the 2017 rookie draft) also did not crack an AFL debut in their time at the club.