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Dockers cut three but all set for rookie lifelines

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Ryan Nyhuis played eight games for Fremantle in 2018, averaging 11.9 disposals

FREMANTLE has committed to redrafting Ethan Hughes and Michael Apeness as rookies after delisting the pair to create primary list spots ahead of November's NAB AFL Draft.

Delisted defender Ryan Nyhuis is also set to be brought back after the club was forced to either elevate him to the senior squad or cut the 22-year-old after the maximum three seasons on the rookie list. 

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Hard-running backman Hughes was squeezed out of the best 22 in 2018 and managed just five appearances after playing 18 games last year.

Injury-ravaged big man Apeness showed promise in five matches and earned a one-year contract for next season, which shapes as career-defining after just 12 games in five seasons on the list.

After freeing up primary list spots, the Dockers will now take a selection in the first four rounds of the draft in Melbourne on November 22 and 23.

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The club currently holds picks 14, 31, 43 and 65, with selections able to be traded until November 16.

"These list changes are reflective of a successful Free Agency and Trade Period," general manager of football Peter Bell said. 

"At the start of the Trade Period, Fremantle held just one pick in the opening four rounds but we now hold a pick in the first four rounds, where we plan to utilise the picks to secure new, young players.

"As a result, we have had to make some list changes to make room for the players we are looking to bring in through the draft."

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The Dockers have shed nine primary-listed players since the end of the season, and brought in recruits Jesse Hogan (Melbourne), Rory Lobb (Giants), Reece Conca (Richmond) and Travis Colyer (Essendon) during the NAB AFL Trade Period.

Fremantle has also committed to promoting tagger Bailey Banfield and emerging half-back Taylin Duman from the rookie list.