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Taylor moved on by Swans



Sydney Swans youngster Elijah Taylor has officially been delisted by the club, more than two months after being charged and pleading guilty to assault on his ex-girlfriend in a hotel room.


The 19 year old was initially suspended for the remainder of the season in August after breaching quarantine rules while the team was in Perth, stood down from all duties in September after being formally charged by police with assault on his ex-girlfriend Lekahni Pearce in a hotel room.


Sydney Swans footy boss Charlie Gardiner said the decision to part ways with the 19-year-old came after discussions with the AFL, AFL Players’ Association and Taylor’s management.


“The situation Elijah and the club has found itself in is deeply regrettable. Elijah has made some very poor decisions which have led us to this point, and he acknowledges that,” he said.


“This is certainly not a position we have arrived at lightly, however Elijah’s actions could not be reconciled.

“It is obviously a sensitive situation and a legal process is still to play out, but in working with Elijah and his management, our collective view was that the right call for both Elijah and the club is to part ways. We have also consulted with the AFLPA and appreciate the support James Gallagher and his team has provided during the process.


“This has been an incredibly difficult situation for Elijah, his family, and those involved. We are keen to see Elijah receive ongoing education and support in the hope that he can mature and learn from this experience, make better decisions in the future, and take steps towards rebuilding his career.”


Western Australian born Taylor is due to appear in court again on December 2 for sentencing.


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