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Interest diminishes in ex-Bomber Dempsey

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016

Interest in Courtenay Dempsey's services from rival AFL clubs is waning after his delisting by Essendon last month.

The Bombers waved goodbye to the 133-game veteran after 11 seasons following an up-and-down 2016 where he played 14 games.

The utility wants to continue his playing career elsewhere, but his manager Shane Casley said fewer clubs than previous years were looking at him.

"There was three or four clubs that showed interest in Courtenay this time last year," Casley told News Corp Australia.

"But there has not been as many this year.

"A lot of clubs will be looking where they are at after the national draft into the pre-season and rookie drafts."

Dempsey was linked to a move back to home state of Queensland with Brisbane in previous seasons.

His axing comes after a difficult year where the wooden-spooners were without 12 players who served year-long doping bans for their involvement in the club's supplements program.

Dempsey revealed his devastation at his teammates' punishment prompted him to request a week away from the club in pre-season.

He also missed the first four games of 2016 due to suspension.

"Courtenay has made a significant contribution to the club both on and off the field during a career which spanned more than a decade at Essendon," football manager Rob Kerr said following his delisting last month.

"He played with flair and courage, was a role model to his young teammates and has worked hard to make a difference in the indigenous community."

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