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Magpies confirm four delistings

Action aplenty as Etihad opens Recap the first day of the NAB AFL Trade Period with Collingwood Media's daily trade program News Daily. We cross to Etihad Stadium for opening day news, while also hearing an update from last week's AFL Draft Combine.

The Collingwood Football Club has today informed Lachlan Keeffe, Henry Schade, Liam Mackie and Mitch McCarthy they will not be offered contracts for the 2018 season.

Pick No.69 in the 2009 Rookie Draft, Keeffe debuted in 2011 and went on to play 40 games for the Pies. The 27-year-old returned to the club via the 2016 Rookie Draft after a two year suspension, playing an integral role in the VFL side.

Having played 20 games with the Gold Coast Suns, Schade joined Collingwood with the club’s second selection in the 2017 Rookie Draft. The 24-year-old was elevated to the senior list ahead of a Round 1 debut with the Pies and went on to make eight appearances in the black and white stripes.

Rookies McCarthy and Mackie were taken in the 2017 Rookie Draft at picks No.7 and 40 respectively. A half-back from Glenelg, Mackie made 12 appearances for the VFL Magpies. 20-year-old McCarthy was a talented basketballer turned tall utility who was limited to five VFL appearances in 2017 due to a foot injury.

General Manager of Football Geoff Walsh thanked the quartet for their commitment to the football program.

“We first met Lachy when he was a 17-year-old soccer player in Gympie, and over the past ten years he’s become a very popular and impressive young man at the Collingwood Football Club,” Walsh said.

“Henry, Liam and Mitch made the most of their opportunity coming through the Rookie Draft and committed to the football program and their teammates over the past 12 months at the club.

“We thank all four players for their contribution to both the AFL and VFL teams and wish them all the best for their future endeavours.”

Lachlan Keeffe's Collingwood career has come to an end after almost ten years in Black and White. Image: AFL Photos.