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Demons leave rookie door open for delisted first-round draft pick Luke Tapscott

Luke Tapscott, Melbourne kicks the ball during the 2014 AFL Round 19 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on August 03, 2014. (Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/AFL Media)
Luke Tapscott has battled several injuries during his five-year career at Melbourne
MELBOURNE has kept the option open of re-selecting Luke Tapscott in December's rookie draft after it delisted the 23-year-old on Friday. 

However it has also left the door ajar for the muscular utility to explore opportunities that might be presented by other clubs during the remainder of the exchange period. 

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Tapscott has played 48 games and battled soft-tissue injuries in 2014, managing just three games in the final year of a four-year contract at Melbourne. 

An outstanding junior footballer, Tapscott played some reasonable football early in his career but was unable to cement a spot at the Demons in the past few seasons. 

Tapscott was pick No.18 in the 2009 NAB AFL Draft and showed versatility playing at half-back and as a defensive forward during his career. 

Melbourne's Neville Jetta played 16 games in 2014 after being delisted then re-selected as a rookie last year.  

The Demons delisted James Strauss and Sam Blease earlier in the month. 

Blease is likely to find a new home with Geelong in 2015.