Demons delist defender

18 November 2020 20:29:13 GMTPlus11

Oscar McDonald's six-season spell with Melbourne has come to an end after the Demons delisted the tall defender.

The 24-year-old has played a key role during his time with the club, racking up 81 games. The 2018 season was a highlight for both McDonald and the Demons as they made it all the way to the preliminary final.

However things have not gone according to plan since then and he has played just 19 matches over the last two seasons after falling behind Steven May and Jake Lever in the pecking order.

Melbourne's general manager of football Josh Mahoney says delisting the player was a tough call to make, but has wished him well for the future.

"Oscar has been a popular member of the footy club over the past six years and we would like to thank him for his valuable contributions," Mahoney said.

"Letting players go at this time of the year is always challenging, but we wish Oscar all the best for the future."

Young defender Aaron Nietschke has also been delisted but the club has committed to re-drafting him in the NAB AFL Rookie Draft following some horrendous luck on the injury front.

The 20-year-old has undergone two knee reconstructions in his two years at the Demons and has not had the chance to prove his undoubted potential.

"Aaron is a great character who has stayed involved in the program, assisting with coaching last season, and we think he has the potential to be a very good player in the future," Mahoney added.

The Demons are priced at 22/1 to win the 2021 AFL grand final.

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