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Cats delist six

Cory Gregson has been delisted after playing 39 games and kicking 20 goals - Geelong Cats
Cory Gregson has been delisted after playing 39 games and kicking 20 goals

Geelong has informed Aaron Black, Stewart Crameri, Ryan Gardner, Cory Gregson, Matthew Hayball and Timm House they will not be offered playing contracts for the 2019 season.

Black joined the club at the end of 2016 from North Melbourne and departs the club after two years and seven games at Geelong. Black broke into the senior side in round 10 before suffering a season-ending ACL injury in round 12.

Crameri departs Geelong after one year on the club’s rookie list which included a debut in the blue and white hoops in round 7 at GMHBA Stadium. Despite a number of injury setbacks, Crameri also made a significant contribution at VFL level throughout 2018.

Gregson was selected by Geelong at pick 47 overall in 2014 and departs the club after four seasons and 39 games. The South Australian enjoyed a successful debut season in 2015, although foot injuries significantly hampered the small forward of football continuity thereafter.

House, a product of the Geelong VFL was selected by the Cats at pick 68 in the 2016 national draft after impressing with Geelong’s VFL team. The defender played 32 games for the Cats at VFL level.

Selected in the 2015 national draft, Gardner and Hayball depart the Cats after three seasons at Geelong.

Gardner played 52 games at VFL level, whilst Hayball reached his 50-game milestone in the Cats’ qualifying final against the Casey Demons.

Geelong’s General Manager of Football Simon Lloyd wished the departing group the best in their futures.

“We sincerely thank all six players for their service to the club, whether it be over a short or a long period, these players have all made a contribution to Geelong as footballers and as quality people,” Lloyd said.

“The club wishes them all the best as they embark on their future endeavours.”

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