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Successful AFL players who were delisted

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* Peter Bell: Cut loose by Fremantle at the end of the 1995 season, Bell was picked up by North Melbourne where he became one of the AFL's classiest on-ballers. He won two premierships (1996 and 1999) and finished top three in the club's best and fairest four times at Arden Street. Bell headed home to captain the Dockers from 2002-06.

* Martin Pike: Was delisted by North Melbourne for disciplinary reasons after winning the 1999 premiership. Brisbane took a gamble on the bad boy - and it paid off. The utility went on to play 106 games for the Lions, which included three grand final victories from 2001-03.

* Brett Kirk: The former Sydney co-captain was axed early in his career but relisted for one last chance by new coach Paul Roos, who transformed him into a tough, run-with midfielder. He quickly became the league's best in the role. Kirk played 241 games with the Swans, including the 2005 premiership.

* Stephan Gilham: The defender was released by Port Adelaide at the end of the 2005 season after one game, before being handed a lifeline by Hawthorn. Became a crucial player for the Hawks and was one of their best in defence in their 2008 grand final win over Geelong. Missed a lot of games to injury in subsequent years before finishing his career at GWS.

* Saverio Rocca: Forward Rocca's 156 game, 514-goal stint with Collingwood came to an end when he fell out of favour with coach Mick Malthouse in 2000. He was picked up by the Kangaroos where he played another 101 games for 234 goals before having five seasons in the NFL as a punter.

* Andrew Krakouer: The livewire small forward played 102 games with Richmond before getting delisted after struggling to hold down a spot in the 2007 season. His life took a turn for the worse when he was jailed for assault the following year. He returned to football by starring in WAFL club Swan Districts' 2010 premiership and was taken by Collingwood the next year, when he played in the Magpies' grand-final loss to Geelong. His AFL career ended when he was cut by the Pies in 2013 after 35 games and 50 goals with the club.

* Zac Dawson: Was delisted by Hawthorn in 2008 after struggling in defence against bigger-bodied forwards but, a year later, would be lining up at fullback for St Kilda in the grand final against Geelong. He played in the both grand finals in 2010 - a draw and loss to Collingwood - before moving to Fremantle where he played in another losing decider in 2013.

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