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Cat rookies run out of lives

Ryan Bathie of the Cats marks the ball during the 2013 VFL Grand Final match between Geelong Cats and Box Hill Hawks at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on September 22, 2013. (Photo: Theo Karanikos/AFL Media)
Ryan Bathie hopes to be picked up by another AFL club after being delisted by Geelong
He (Ryan Bathie) certainly feels that he should be in the system for a while yet
Tim Hazell, Bathie's manager
GEELONG has begun its post-season review by delisting rookies Ryan Bathie and Cameron Eardley.

Bathie, who came to the Cats after turning his back on a promising basketball career, played 55 VFL games for the club over three seasons.

He was among the best players in Geelong's VFL Grand Final win last year.

The 26-year-old also made four appearances in the NAB Cup.

Standing at 198cm tall, Bathie spent his early days at Simonds Stadium learning the ropes as a key defender.

But after being moved to the forward line this season he booted 30 goals, including four hauls of four.

With key position players in short supply, Bathie is hoping to resurrect his career at another club.

"I just think the fact that he's developed so well over the last three years should grant him the opportunity to play AFL football," his manager Tim Hazell recently told

"His body is ready to go, and he's at the prime of his height and size and the way that he moves.

"I think the agility he gets from his basketball background is a big strength, and he's an ultra-professional.

"He certainly feels that he should be in the system for a while yet."

A midfielder from East Fremantle, Eardley was selected by the Cats with pick 18 in the 2012 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

He played 40 VFL games over the last two seasons and also made two appearances in the NAB Cup.

"We thank both Cameron and Ryan for their time at the club and the contribution that they made," Geelong football manager Neil Balme said.

"They both improved during their time here and played a major role in the success of our VFL team.

"We wish them every success in their future football endeavours and their lives away from football.

"They will always be welcome at the club."

Geelong will make more changes to its list in coming days.

Veterans Joel Corey and Josh Hunt are expected to retire, while Paul Chapman is considered unlikely to be granted a new contract.

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