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Demons' cleanout begins: five players, two coaches depart

James Sellar of the Demons in action during the 2013 AFL Round 23 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on September 01, 2013. (Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/AFL Media)
James Sellar has been delisted by Melbourne

JAMES Sellar heads a list of five Melbourne players delisted on Wednesday as change continues at the embattled club.

Sellar, Josh Tynan, Troy Davis, Tom Gillies and Tom Couch were informed that they were no longer required.

All except Davis had joined the club during Mark Neeld's period at the club.

Aaron Davey, David Rodan and Joel MacDonald also retired this season, bringing the changes to the list so far to eight.

The club did not renew the contracts of assistant coaches Brian Royal and Leigh Brown.

Royal has been an assistant coach in the AFL since 1996, and with the Demons since 2010, while Brown came to the Demons alongside Neeld after retiring from Collingwood at the end of 2011.

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Brown played in the Magpies 2010 premiership and was in charge of the Melbourne forwards.

Buoyed with the announcement of Paul Roos as senior coach on Friday, the club is undertaking major change.

Roos told Fox Footy's On the Couch on Monday that he did not expect interim coach Neil Craig to remain at the club although no official announcement has been made.

He has already appointed former North Melbourne and Sydney Swans development coach Brett Allison to be part of his football department.

The club is seeking an assistant coach to take over from Roos as senior coach in two to three seasons, with Adam Simpson and Scott Burns heading a list of candidates.