Corey Wagner (No.40) celebrates a goal with brother Josh in 2019. Picture: AFL Photos

NEITHER Wagner brother will be playing at Melbourne next season after the Demons delisted both Josh and Corey among three cuts announced on Wednesday. 

Last year's NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie draftee Kyle Dunkley, brother of Western Bulldog Josh, was the third player chopped in the initial list changes. 

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The news means troubled utility Harley Bennell and former skipper Nathan Jones have survived, for now. 

Bennell copped a four-match suspension for breaching COVID-19 protocols at the weekend when he left the club's Sunshine Coast hub for social reasons. 


For Corey Wagner, it is the second time he's been moved on from a club, following North Melbourne's decision to part with him at the end of 2017. 

In total the hard-running small forward has played 19 games, with all 11 for Melbourne coming in 2019 after he was snapped up as a rookie via the pre-season supplemental selection period. 

His older brother Josh, 26, has played 42 games in five seasons for the Dees, but just two in 2020. 

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The Queenslander joined Melbourne as a mature-aged recruit via the 2016 NAB AFL Rookie Draft and found a home as a solid medium-sized defender.

Dunkley made a nice impact after being recruited last year, playing five games in the latter stages of the season, but was unable to add to his tally this year.