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Fremantle list update

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 28: Matt de Boer of the Dockers handballs during the 2016 AFL Round 23 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Western Bulldogs at Domain Stadium on August 28, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media)
Matt de Boer played 138 games for Fremantle.

The Fremantle Dockers on Tuesday confirmed further changes to the club’s playing list.

Matt de Boer, Tendai Mzungu, Clancee Pearce and Jack Hannath have been advised that their contracts will not be extended.

Brady Grey and rookie listed player Josh Deluca have been delisted but both have been given the opportunity to train with the club and possibly be re-listed during the draft period in November.

General manager of football operations Chris Bond thanked the players for their commitment and contribution to the club during their time at Fremantle.

“Matt and Clancee came to the club via the 2008 Rookie Draft and Tendai in 2010 as a mature age recruit, with all three going on to forge 100-game careers at Fremantle,” Bond said.

“The fact that Matt, Tendai and Clancee were able to achieve such important career milestones is testament to their resilience, work ethic and commitment to the club.

“Matt and Tendai will also always have the honour of being part of the club’s first grand final team in 2013.

“Jack is a fine young man who had a positive impact on the group and has worked really hard to establish himself as an AFL player in his four seasons at the club.

“We value what Matt, Tendai, Clancee and Jack have each done for the club and thank them for their commitment and professionalism throughout their time at Fremantle.

“We wish them all the best for the future.”

De Boer, Mzungu and Pearce all played for Peel last month in the club’s historic WAFL Grand Final win over Subiaco.

De Boer, who played 138 games for the club, arrived at Fremantle from Claremont after being selected in the 2008 Rookie Draft.

Having played much of his junior career as a ball-winning midfielder, the 19-year-old found his place in the side as a defensive forward. De Boer made his debut in round 6, 2009 against West Coast and played the rest of his maiden season in the senior team.

Renowned for his durability and unwavering effort, de Boer featured consistently in the team’s tackle count and became adept at playing multiple roles in the forward line and midfield.

He was voted Best Clubman in 2010 and 2011, and has made a huge impact in the community with his ongoing commitment to the Starlight Children’s Foundation. He has also been instrumental in his leadership among the playing group, mentoring Fremantle’s up-and-coming midfielders.

Mzungu won Perth's best and fairest in the WAFL in 2010 before being drafted to Fremantle in a pre-draft trade with the Gold Coast Suns later that year.

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The utility, who made his debut in round 9, 2011, went on to win the Beacon Award that season as the club’s best first year player and followed it up with the Best Clubman Award in 2012. He has also been an extremely dedicated ambassador with his work off the field with club charity partner Redkite.

Mzungu played every game in the following two seasons, and had a key role in helping Fremantle reach the 2013 AFL Grand Final.

Known for his fitness and versatility throughout his 102 games for Fremantle, Mzungu is universally respected by his teammates and highly regarded for his contribution to the club both on and off the field.

Pearce was drafted from Swan Districts with pick 44 in the 2008 rookie draft. The utility made his debut in round 11, 2009 and played eight games in his first season.

The Noranda product then found himself in and out of the side before he was eventually delisted at the end of 2011. Prior to the 2012 season, Pearce was offered a lifeline through the Rookie Draft.

Courageous and known for his lethal right boot, Pearce played every game in 2012 and was in good form much of 2013 before an Achilles injury derailed his campaign. Injuries also compromised his 2014 and 2016 seasons.

Pearce played 100 games for Fremantle.

Hannath arrived at Fremantle from Central Districts in South Australia after being selected in the Pre-Season Draft in 2012.

He made his debut in 2013 against Richmond in round 5, before going on to play 12 AFL games in his first season in WA.

Hannath leaves the club after 20 senior games.

Any further updates on the club’s list will be advised following the AFL Trade Period and prior to the AFL’s List Lodgement (1) on 31 October.

Fremantle list changes to date
Primary List
Matthew Pavlich (retired)
Matt de Boer (delisted)
Tendai Mzungu (delisted)
Clancee Pearce (delisted)
Jack Hannath (delisted)
Brady Grey (delisted)

Rookie List
Anthony Morabito (delisted)
Josh Deluca (delisted)
Sean Hurley (delisted)
Tanner Smith (delisted)

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