NORTH Melbourne has taken the knife its list in response its worst finish in the 18-team era with 11 players told they won’t be offered new contracts.
Among them are Majak Daw, who overcame a fall from a Melbourne bridge in late 2018, to play four matches this year for a career total of 54.
“It’s [my career] had its highs and lows along the way,” the AFL’s first Sudanese-born player said.
“I played one final, and I think I played 54 games in 11 years, so it’s quite a humble career, but I’d just like to thank this footy club for giving me an opportunity to be the first African to play in the AFL.
“It’s something I will always hold close to my heart.
“I’ve made some really good mates at this place. I’ll miss the locker room banter … it just didn’t work out the way I wanted it to this year, there’s been challenges I’ve gone through.
“The last few years obviously haven’t been easy for me, and I can’t thank this footy club enough for what they’ve done for me.”
Also told their time at Arden Street is up were leadership group duo Jamie McMillan and Jasper Pittard, along with Ben Jacobs, Paul Ahern, Mason Wood, Sam Durdin, Marley Williams, Joel Crocker, Lachie Hosie and Tom Murphy.
McMillan, 28, was the longest-serving of that group, making 167 appearances for the Roos.
“I want to thank the club for giving a skinny 18-year-old kid a shot at making it,” Macmillan said.
“It’s been an unbelievable ride over 11 years and this club holds a special place in my heart.
“While I’m disappointed it has come to an end at North, I understand the decisions are in the best interests of the club, and wish everyone involved nothing but success.”