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Eagles delist six after early finals exit

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13: Jamie Bennell of the Eagles looks to pass the ball during the 2016 NAB Challenge match between the West Coast Eagles and the Essendon Bombers at Domain Stadium, Perth on March 13, 2016. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media)
Jamie Bennell has been delisted after four seasons with the Eagles

WEST Coast has swung the axe swiftly, delisting six players in the wake of the club's early exit from the finals at the hands of the Western Bulldogs.

The Eagles have cut experienced duo Patrick McGinnity and Jamie Bennell as well as rookies Kane Lucas, Brant Colledge, Alec Waterman and Corey Adamson.

McGinnity and Lucas have both announced their retirements, but will seek other opportunities in the game. 

McGinnity's career at West Coast ends after 93 games in eight seasons on the list. The 27-year-old played just three matches this year.

Bennell, 26, joined West Coast ahead of the 2013 season after playing 57 matches with Melbourne. His career at the Eagles began slowly while he was still recovering from a knee reconstruction. 

But he managed 30 games for the Eagles, including 19 in 2014. He played just two AFL matches this season and was dropped to WAFL reserves level for East Perth late in the year. 

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"Well the last eight years went by very quickly," Bennell posted on his Instagram account on Monday. 

"Thanks to these two clubs for giving me the opportunity to play at the highest level and live out a childhood dream. #plentyoffootyleft"

Colledge, 21, was delisted at the end of last season and redrafted as a rookie, but failed to add to the three games he played in 2014 and 2015.

Lucas, 25, did not play a senior game for the Eagles after he was picked up in the 2015 rookie draft. He was an emergency on a few occasions but his 2016 season ended early due to a knee injury. Lucas played 42 games with Carlton between 2010 and 2014.

Adamson also did not play a senior game after he was recruited as a category B rookie. He had made significant progress at WAFL level this season, just two years after giving up on a baseball career in the US to join the Eagles.

"I am so thankful I got to experience life at an AFL club and make some life long mates." Adamson wrote on Instagram. 

"I wish the boys nothing but the best and hope this chapter is definitely not over!" 

Waterman's two years on the Eagles' list were ruined by illness. The son of two-time premiership Eagle Chris Waterman suffered glandular fever and then battled post-viral fatigue issues, which left him unable to train. He did make some improvements with his health in the latter stages of the year.

The Eagles could potentially draft his younger brother, Jake, under the father-son rule in November. He played in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships for WA this year and has been part of the NAB AFL Academy.

The younger Waterman has trained with the Eagles this season as part of the academy program and impressed in his WAFL debut this season, kicking five goals for Claremont against Peel Thunder.

The six delistings means the Eagles will have at least eight list changes, given they also had two retirements earlier this year. Xavier Ellis retired late in the season while 2014 draftee Damien Cavka was forced to give away AFL football due to a serious foot injury.