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Veteran Saints defender retires from AFL

AAP logoAAP 31/10/2016 Jason Phelan

St Kilda veteran Sam Fisher's retirement on Monday headlined a host of personnel changes made by clubs ahead of the first AFL list lodgement deadline.

Clubs can continue to tinker with their playing lists ahead of the national, preseason and rookie drafts, but Monday's 2pm deadline was the first of several key off-season dates.

Fisher had been keen to continue his 228-game career next season, but he couldn't sway the Saints, who had put off making a decision on his future until after the trade and free agency periods.

Fisher was a key contributor during the club's successful era under Ross Lyon, appearing in all three grand final teams.

However, he has battled injury in recent years - his last uninterrupted season was in 2011 - and managed just 12 games in 2016.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time playing for St Kilda Football Club and I can retire knowing that I have given my all over the past 13 years," Fisher said.

"While it will be different supporting from the sidelines, I'm looking forward to seeing my teammates and coaches enjoy well-deserved success in the years to come."

The first delisted player free agent signing period starts on Tuesday, where players not offered new contracts by their clubs - like Michael Barlow (Fremantle), Will Minson (Western Bulldogs) and Jack Grimes (Melbourne) - can sign contracts with other clubs.

Ricky Henderson and Mitch Grigg found themselves in that category on Monday after being cut by Adelaide, as did West Coast defender Mitch Brown, who is keen to continue his career in his home state of Victoria.

"Mitch is a person of the highest quality and we wish him well in his search for a new club," Eagles list manager Craig Vozzo said.

"He expressed his desire to return to Victoria for family reasons, which we totally respect.

"His resilience in the face of a number of injury setbacks has been admirable and his impact on the club and its culture won't be forgotten."

Veteran defender Sam Butler and versatile forward Tom Lamb will remain with West Coast after signing new one-year deals.

The Crows also upgraded emerging ruckman Reilly O'Brien from the rookie list and signed promising tall forward Harry Dear to a two-year contract extension.

Adelaide are also in with a chance to claim their first father-son recruit, the Crows nominating Darren Jarman's son Ben under the rule, with Hawthorn - the other club with claims to the small forward-midfielder - bowing out.

In all, five father-son nominations were lodged - Collingwood with Callum Brown (son of Gavin) and Josh Daicos (son of Peter), Geelong with Sam Simpson (son of Sean) and West Coast with Jake Waterman (son of Chris).

Other clubs can bid on those players at the national draft, but the nominating clubs have the right to match those offers.

Northern state clubs Greater Western Sydney, Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane also nominated the players they will consider drafting from their contentious development academies.

To the dismay of some Victorian clubs, the Giants' retained their rights to the talent-laden Riverina zone and nominated gun youngster Harrison Macreadie among their nine potential recruits.

Richmond upgraded Jayden Short from the rookie list and signed him to a two-year deal and Hawthorn defender Kaiden Brand also signed a two-year contract.

Collingwood upgraded defender Lachie Keeffe - who is returning from an anti-doping suspension - and rookie cult figure Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti was upgraded by Essendon.

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