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Popular defender among Hawks delistings

AAP logoAAP 28/10/2016 Jason Phelan

Popular defender Matt Spangher is one of several cuts Hawthorn have made to their AFL playing list.

The journeyman achieved cult status among Hawks fans for his part in the club's 2014 grand final win, but has struggled with soft-tissue injuries and managed just one game this season.

Former Melbourne ruckman Jack Fitzpatrick, defender Angus Litherland and small forward Zac Webster were also cut from the club's senior list on Friday.

"We would like to thank all players for their contribution and commitment during their time at Hawthorn and wish them all the best for the future," list manager Graham Wright said.

"We would particularly like to acknowledge Matt Spangher, who departs a premiership player, for his service to the club over the last four years."

Spangher, 29, was a second-round selection by West Coast at the 2005 draft and played 56 games in stints with the Eagles, Sydney and Hawthorn.

He managed a career-high 15 games in 2014 and finally tasted premiership success after missing out on the Eagles' 2006 flag and the Swans' 2012 grand final win.

Fitzpatrick played three games for the Hawks this year after crossing from the Demons where he managed 22 senior appearances.

His miraculous long-bomb goal in his club debut against Collingwood in round 23 sealed a top-four finish for Hawthorn and he featured in both his side's finals.

Rookies Lachlan Langford, Jermaine Miller-Lewis, Alex Woodward and Shem Tatupu were also delisted.

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