Essendon Football Club would like to thank Lauchlan Dalgleish and Kurt Aylett for their service and professionalism after advising them their contracts would not be renewed.

General Manager Football Operations, Rob Kerr, said both young men had displayed outstanding character and commitment during their time at the Club.

“Lauchlan and Kurt have endured injury interrupted seasons, and they should be commended for their dedication and professionalism to get back out on the football field,” Kerr said.

“To pull on the jumper for the Essendon Football Club is something special, and Lauchlan and Kurt can be proud they did so at senior level on several occasions.

“Both played some terrific football in the VFL this season, and they were major contributors to the team reaching a preliminary final.

 “We wish Lauchlan and Kurt the very best for the next chapter in their football careers and future endeavours.”

Lauchlan and Kurt’s departure take the current number of list changes to five, with Dustin Fletcher, Jason Winderlich and Paul Chapman retiring.