Delisted Eagle to seek new AFL home

Oct 26, 2017 - 6:56 AM Former Collingwood premiership player Sharrod Wellingham will look to revive his career at a third AFL club after being delisted by West Coast.

The 29-year-old is one of five Eagles, including veteran small forward Josh Hill, to be told they will not be offered contracts for next season.

A member of the Magpies' 2010 premiership side, Wellingham appears to have fallen victim to West Coast's bid to refresh their list after the retirements of Sam Mitchell, Matt Priddis and Drew Petrie.

The half-back flanker played just 13 senior games this year, including the Eagles' semi-final defeat to Greater Western Sydney.

But his manager, Corporate Sports Australia's Andrew McDougall, has confirmed Wellingham remains keen to play on and will seek a new home during next month's delisted free agency period.

"Sharrod's a 171-game AFL player and his body's still in really good condition," McDougall told AAP on Thursday.

"We think he can play for another three years at AFL level.

"Sharrod's obviously disappointed, and he's just trying to look to his next move at this stage.

"From our point of view, Colin Young and myself are trying to approach AFL clubs and, hopefully, in the next week or two, something might open up.

"With his skills and ability, we think it may be a positive outcome."

Wellingham struggled with form and injuries in his first two seasons at West Coast after requesting a trade in 2012 from Collingwood.

The Perth native was moved to the backline in 2015 and played a key role in helping the Eagles to reach the grand final.

While disappointed to be delisted, McDougall said Wellingham wouldn't be daunted by starting afresh with a third club.

"I think now with free agency and the movement of the players, it's just going to open up more and more," he said.

"Players are going to be spending their careers at two or three clubs. I don't think it's going to be too uncommon in the near future."

Source: AAP

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