Jetta departs Eagles
2018 West Coast Eagles premiership player Lewis Jetta has been delisted by the club after 75 games across five seasons, the club confirmed on Thursday.
The 31 year old began his career at the Sydney Swans, playing 127 games including the club's 2012 premiership side before requesting a trade home at the end of the 2015 season, having been initially recruited from Swan Districts in the WAFL with pick 14 in the 2009 AFL Draft.
Jetta's first two seasons at the Eagles were soured by poor form and injury, before he eventually found a home across half back as an elite kicking running defender in the club's premiership year of 2018, kicking a memorable final quarter goal in the side's qualifying final win over Collingwood.
Jetta played only six games in 2020, only two after round four as he fell out of favour with the Eagles match committee, youngsters Jackson Nelson and Josh Rotham winning more opportunities at senior level.
“It is always a very difficult time of the year that has been made more complex this year due to the uncertainties around AFL list sizes etc. Unfortunately we are not in a position to offer Lewis an opportunity beyond this year,” West Coast Eagles General Manager of Football Craig Vozzo said today.
“Lewis has been a highly valued member of our playing group for the last six years and will always be fondly remembered as a Chris Mainwaring medallist and a premiership player.
“We thank Lewis for his contribution to the club and wish him and his young family every success as he moves into the next phase of his life. His vibrant smile and personality will be missed around the place.”
Fellow 2018 premiership player Mark Hutchings also remains without a contract for 2021, as clubs feel the pinch of reduced list sizes.
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