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Essendon have delisted Courtenay Dempsey and Will Hams as well as rookie-listed Gach Nyuon on Friday.
Dempsey, a former No.19 draft pick, played 133 games for the Bombers in 11 seasons.
Hams played 13 games in four years, including eight in 2016, and Nyuon failed to debut.
Essendon football manager Rob Kerr thanked Dempsey for his long service to the club.
“Courtenay has made a significant contribution to the club both on and off the field during a career which spanned more than a decade at Essendon,” Kerr said.
“He played with flair and courage, was a role model to his young teammates and has worked hard to make a difference in the Indigenous community.
“Courtenay should be extremely proud of what he has achieved at Essendon, and on behalf of everyone at the club, we wish Courtenay, his partner Danielle and children Chenae, Taitum and Mekhi every success for the future.”
Kerr thanked Hams for his service, too.
“Since arriving at the club Will has shown great resilience and commitment in his approach to his career,” Kerr said.
“Will has had an unfortunate run of injuries so far, yet has worked extremely hard on key components of his game and was rewarded with some regular senior football in the back half of this season.
“He has always led by example in his efforts to manage the demands of football and studying, and is well-respected not only for his on-field hardness, but also his positive attitude off the field.”
Kerr also thanked Nyuon.
“Gach is obviously still raw and still has parts of his game that he’s working on,” Kerr said.
“We have faced challenging decisions with our list management and competition for spots is very tough.
“Gach is keen to learn, so we hope he continues to develop his game as he works towards reaching his football potential.
“Both Will and Gach will always be welcome at the Essendon Football Club and we wish them all the best for the future.”
Dempsey, Hams and Nyuon join retirees Adam Cooney and Tayte Pears as departures from the club along with fellow delisted players Jason Ashby, Yestin Eades, Shaun Edwards, James Gwilt, Nick Kommer and Tom Wallis.
Michael Hibberd was traded to Melbourne this month while the club welcomed former GWS forward James Stewart in the exchange period.
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