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Fitzpatrick among four axed by Demons

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MELBOURNE has delisted versatile tall Jack Fitzpatrick as part of four list changes it announced on Friday.

Fitzpatrick joins Aidan Riley, Rohan Bail and Jordie McKenzie as those to be let go, as the Demons continue down the path of aggressively reshaping their list.

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The Demons have now made six list changes, with retired duo Mark Jamar and Daniel Cross the others not to be offered new contracts.

McKenzie, the No.1 pick in the 2009 Rookie Draft, managed 79 games for the Demons between 2009 and 2015.

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Mainly employed in tagging roles, McKenzie was a popular figure at Melbourne and was renowned for holding his opponent in check. 

Bail dealt with several injury issues including a prolonged period on the sidelines with concussion but still managed 71 games for the Demons between 2009-2015.

Fitzpatrick had his own concerns throughout his career having to manage diabetes and a bout of chronic fatigue syndrome.

The Demons swung him around in a number of positions during his career but it was as a key defender that he played his best footy in 2015. Overall, he played 22 games between 2011 and 2015.

Riley made 13 appearances in the Demons colours, supplementing the 12 matches he played with Adelaide between 2011 and 2015. 

Demons football manager Josh Mahoney praised Fitzpatrick, Bail, McKenzie and Riley for their attitudes despite limiting playing time in 2015. 

"All four players have had to overcome adversity at different stages through their careers and during their time at Melbourne," Mahoney said. 

"All four players had limited appearances at AFL level this year, but they were all consistent players for Casey Scorpions and we appreciate the effort they put in at VFL level and how it assisted the development of our younger players. 

"They have all contributed right to the end of their time at Melbourne and we thank them for their contribution and wish them all the best for the future."