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Jayden Pitt of Fremantle in action during the AFL Round 07 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Fremantle Dockers at the MCG, Melbourne.

The Fremantle Dockers have delisted five players following the club’s first post-season list management review.

Senior listed players Peter Faulks, Jesse Crichton and Alex Forster, and rookies Haiden Schloithe and Alex Howson are no longer with the club.

Fremantle general manager of football operations Chris Bond said it was always a difficult and challenging process to make list changes at this time of year.

“We give thorough consideration to every decision we make pertaining to list management,” he said.

“On behalf of everyone at Fremantle, I sincerely thank the players for their contribution to the club and we wish them all the best for the future.”

Bond also said that Jayden Pitt had confirmed his intention to retire from AFL level football due to a heart condition.

Pitt, who was Freo’s first selection in the 2010 National Draft at pick 20, played 10 games in his three seasons at the club. Unfortunately, his career was put on hold earlier in the 2013 season when the heart condition was identified in routine screening by the club.

“It’s extremely disappointing for Jayden to reach such a decision but his long term health and welfare are paramount,” Bond said.

“On current medical advice it is not safe for Jayden to continue playing at the highest level.

“However, Jayden, his family, the club and his management will endeavor to identify possible avenues for him to one day return to playing AFL level football.”

Pitt said that he would always be grateful for the opportunity he had been given by Fremantle.

“I want to acknowledge the tremendous support I have had from Fremantle during my three years at the club and also thank all the Freo members and fans for their great support and, in particular, for the care and concern they have shown for me in the past few months.

“I’ll really miss the players, the club and camaraderie but I know that I’m leaving Fremantle a better person and that will no doubt stand me in good stead for the future.”

Crichton, 22, was selected in the 2009 National Draft with pick 48. The Tasmanian played 18 games in four seasons.

Fremantle traded for former Sydney Swan Faulks in the 2010 National Draft. The 25-year-old defender played two games in his debut season, but did not manage another senior appearance until round 23 this year.

The club selected South Australian defender Forster with the 29th pick in the 2011 National Draft. The 20-year-old made his AFL debut in the round 23 game against St Kilda this season, but was delisted after an injury-interrupted two years at the club.

Schloithe, 20, and Howson, 19, were rookie listed in 2011 and 2012, respectively, but neither player managed to make a senior appearance during their time at Fremantle.

As announced recently, 20-year-old Victorian key forward Matt Taberner has been upgraded to the senior list for the 2014 season.