Marsh leaves St Kilda

21 November 2020 17:19:39 GMTPlus11

St Kilda have taken their delistings to eight this off-season after forward Jonathon Marsh was told he would not be getting a deal for the 2021 AFL campaign.

Marsh joins Ryan Abbott, Logan Austin, Jack Bell, Doulton Langlands, Jack Mayo, Matthew Parker and Ed Phillips in heading for the exit door as Saints freshen up the roster for next season.

Marsh has struggled for action, playing just six games this season and five the year before, so his exit comes as no real surprise.

Saints list boss James Gallagher says as always it was a tough decision to make but has thanked the player and wished him well for the future.

"We're really sad to see 'Marshy' go," Gallagher said. "Despite tough circumstances this year, which saw him regularly in and out of the team, Marshy was the first to congratulate his teammates after a win and also the first to get around them after a loss.

"The determination he exhibited to break back into the AFL system exemplifies the kind of person Jonathon is, and we truly hope he gets another go at this level."

While Marsh has been shown the door, reports claim that Saints could be about to throw a lifeline to Jack Lonie.

Lonie is said to be close to penning a new one-year deal with the club that could also include the option of a second year if he triggers a clause by playing a certain amount of games.

Shane Savage, Oscar Clavarino and Category B ruckman Sam Alabakis are now the only players without a deal for 2021.

St Kilda are priced at 18/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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