West Coast Eagles clean house ahead of extensive rebuild as five players delisted

West Coast have made the biggest move of their off-season rebuild so far, de-listing five players including former Carlton recruit Samo Petrevski-Seton.

Petrevski-Seton, midfielders Xavier O’Neill, Greg Clark and Connor West and forward Isiah Winder were all told they’d not been offered contracts by the wooden spooners for next season.

They join defender Luke Foley, who was told earlier this week he would not continue with the club. Nic Naitanui, Luke Shuey and Shannon Hurn have all retired, meaning the Eagles have turned over nine players on their list.

Petrevski-Seton is the most prominent axing, with the forward playing 27 games – including 13 this season – after being traded from Carlton two years ago.

O’Neill was drafted with pick 28 in 2018 and played 39 games, including 15 this year, but was dropped five times despite the Eagles’ disastrous campaign.

Camera IconXavier O’Neill has been de-listed. Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Clark was a mature-age recruit from Subiaco, drafted at the end of 2021. He played 21 games including 12 this season, mainly on the wing, amid questions around whether he would be better used in the inside midfield role where he thrived at WAFL level.

Unless he is picked up by another club, Clark will finish winless in his AFL career – with his 21 losses the most by a player without tasting victory since Hawthorn’s Barry Griffiths in the early 1950s.

Camera IconGreg Clark lays a tackle. Credit: Daniel Carson/AFL Photos

West was taken in the 2021 mid-season draft and managed 28 games since, but his season ended in round 12 against Collingwood because of a knee injury.

It comes as The West Australian reports Jai Culley and Alex Witherden will sign one-year contract extensions to remain at the club in 2024.

Only forward Jake Waterman and midfielder Zane Trew remain without deals for next year.

“On behalf of the club I would like to thank each of the players for their contributions during their varying times at the club,” Eagles football manager Gavin Bell said.

“They have each left an impression on the club and we wish them every success in their future endeavours.”

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