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Mobile forward one of three Swans delisted

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: Xavier Richards of the Swans looks dejected after a loss during the 2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 01, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Xavier Richards has been delisted by the Swans

SYDNEY forward Xavier Richards has suffered a dramatic fall from a Grand Final appearance to being delisted in the space of just 26 days.

Richards, 23, was among three players cut by this year's runner-up, with fellow youngsters Jack Hiscox and Abaina Davis also axed.

Richards had earlier rejected a two-year contract extension from the Swans and requested a trade to a Melbourne-based club during the NAB AFL Trade Period. 

He appears likely to find a new home during the delisted free agency period, which begins on Tuesday.

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After making his AFL debut in 2013, the athletic forward made 12 appearances for the Swans, including the last 10 games of 2016 when he contributed 13 goals. 

Richards' older brother Ted retired this year after 228 games for the Swans and 33 for Essendon. 

Davis, 20, and Hiscox, 21, were products of the Sydney Swans Academy, joining the club after the 2014 NAB AFL Draft.

Hiscox played one AFL game – against Richmond in round eight – while Davis was unable to break into the senior line-up. 

"We would like to thank Xavier, Jack and Abaina for the contribution they made to the club," Swans head of football Tom Harley said.

"All three players worked tirelessly while at the Swans and should be proud of their efforts. We wish Xavier, Jack and Abaina all the best for the future."