Melbourne Demons have cut loose Sam Blease after the 23-year-old struggled to crack the senior lineup in 2014.
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Speedy midfielder/forward Sam Blease and Melbourne have agreed to part ways, with the 23-year-old seeking opportunities elsewhere after struggling to crack the senior lineup in 2014.
Blease played 33 games and kicked 25 goals after being picked up as a 17-year-old at pick 17 in the 2008 National Draft.
Despite not being able to play regularly with the struggling side, Blease is likely to attact interest from rival AFL clubs due to his searing pace.
Demons football manager Josh Mahoney told AFL.com.au he wished Blease all the best and thanked him for his six years at the club.
“When we met with Sam during his end-of-season exit interview, we both agreed that it hadn’t worked for him at the Melbourne Football Club and that we would try and assist to find him a new club during the trade period,” Mahoney said.
Despite being drafted in 2008, Blease did not make his AFL debut until 2011 after suffering a broken ankle in a schoolyard incident in 2009.
Off the back of strong performances in 2012, Blease signed a two-year contract extension before ankle injury suffered in the 2013 NAB Cup restricted him to just ten games that season and he was forced to undergo post-season surgery.
Blease showed strong form in the VFL in 2014, but was limited in his opportunities in the Demons’ senior side.