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Cats officially de-list Nathan Ablett

14/10/2008 07:59:54 PM Comments (0)

Geelong have officially cut ties with reluctant premiership player Nathan Ablett as AFL clubs continued their post-season cull.

Ablett, who walked away from football after last year's flag and was unable to be enticed back this season, was one of four players delisted by the Cats - two from their senior list and two from the rookie list.

Midfielder Jason Davenport was the other player cut from the senior list, with Liam Bedford and Chris Kangars axed from the rookie list.

Davenport spent last year on the Cats' rookie list before being elevated to the senior list for this season.

But he failed to play an AFL game despite wining the club's VFL best and fairest this year, having also played in the 2007 Cats' VFL premiership team.

Neither Bedford nor Kangars played an AFL match.

Ablett, the brother of Cats midfield star Gary, told the club last month he was not interested in adding to his 32-game, 46-goal career and would move to far north east Queensland to pursue a career in the building industry.

It means Geelong now have three vacant spots on their senior list, after trading midfielder Brent Prismall to Essendon last week.

Brisbane continued their cleanout under new coach Michael Voss, with Matthew Moody told he would not be back next year.

Moody played 34 matches and kicked 14 goals after being recruited through the 2003 national draft, but has been restricted by groin injuries to just nine games over the past two seasons.

The Lions had already cut dual premiership player Robert Copeland and 2006 draftee Chris Schmidt.

Adelaide upgraded 18-year-old midfielder Jared Petrenko from their rookie list to the senior list, while James Moss and Brodie Martin will spend a second year on the rookie list.

But fellow rookie Edward Curnow was cut.

Meanwhile, Collingwood have appointed former Hawthorn premiership player Paul Hudson as an assistant coach to be in charge of their forwards.

Hudson spent the past two years as an assistant to retired Brisbane coach Leigh Matthews.

He played 245 AFL games and kicked 479 goals for Hawthorn, the Western Bulldogs and Richmond between 1990-2002, including the Hawks' 1991 flag.

Hudson will start his new role when the Magpies begin pre-season training on November 3.

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