HAYDEN Crozier and Roarke Smith have joined 2016 premiership player Toby McLean in being axed by the Western Bulldogs, while the club has committed to re-contracting Taylor Duryea and Lachie McNeil next month.
Inside Trading reported a fortnight ago that Crozier and Smith had been in limbo as the club made moves to finalise its list for 2024, which included farewelling McLean. The club confirmed on Tuesday morning that the duo would not be offered new contracts for next season.
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Crozier, 29, arrived at the Bulldogs from Fremantle in 2017 and played 73 games at the Whitten Oval, bringing his career tally to 142. He played just four games this season.
Smith, 27, managed just 47 games in nine years at the club and didn't play a senior game this season due to a foot injury.
Duryea and McNeil have also been delisted, but will be re-drafted by the club next month.
James Harmes and Nick Coffield arrived at the club during the Continental Tyres AFL Trade Period.
"Both Hayden and Roarke have made a significant contribution to our playing group, both on and off the field," Bulldogs list boss Sam Power said.
"The pair always had a team-first attitude and would play any role required for the team and we thank them for their dedication to the Western Bulldogs.
"We wish Hayden and Roarke, as well as their families, all the best for the future. They're always welcome back at VU Whitten Oval."