Two-time premiership winner Lewis Jetta has been delisted by the West Coast Eagles with the 202-game veteran now on the lookout for a new club.
Jetta was drafted with the 14th pick of the 2009 AFL Draft and became an invaluable asset for his lightning speed.
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The 31-year-old won premierships with the Sydney Swans in 2012 before moving to the West Coast in 2016 before winning the competition in 2018 with the Eagles and becoming the 30th player in AFL/VFL history to win a premiership at two clubs.
Jetta left Sydney to return home to Western Australia, originally coming from Bunbury, south of Perth.
But after 75 games for the Eagles, Jetta has been delisted with the club sending him on his way.
Jetta was only able to manage six appearances in 2020, four early in the season, bringing up his 200th AFL game in round four against Port Adelaide before losing his place in the team until two more matches late in the year.
West Coast’s general manager — football Craig Vozzo blamed the uncertainty around list sizes for the move, although 9 News Perth reported the news back in October 6.
“It is always a very difficult time of the year that has been made more complex this year due to the uncertainties around AFL list sizes etc. Unfortunately we are not in a position to offer Lewis an opportunity beyond this year,” General Manager – Football Craig Vozzo said today.
“Lewis has been a highly valued member of our playing group for the last six years and will always be fondly remembered as a Chris Mainwaring medallist and a premiership player.
“We thank Lewis for his contribution to the club and wish him and his young family every success as he moves into the next phase of his life. His vibrant smile and personality will be missed around the place.”
Fans were sad to see him go.
It comes after recently retired Eagles premiership winner Will Schofield called for the club to hold on to Jetta.
Speaking on The West Australian’s ‘Hard Ball Gets AFL Show’, Schofield said Jetta is “the best player I’ve ever played with”.
“Looking at specific guys, Lewis Jetta – signing Witherden (will) make it tough for him to get a spot on the list, I think,” Schofield said. “(I’m) unsure where that will put him. Ideally, I’d personally like to see him go around again.
“I’ve been pretty public with my recognition of what he does on the footy field. He’s never been a 30-touch player, but he’s 10 to 15 touches and you’re getting five goals out of every time he touches the footy. I don’t think there’s many guys in the AFL that do that.
“I’ve publicly said he’s the best player I’ve ever played with. I would think it’d be a poor decision, list-wise, to not have him on the list. But we’ll see how that goes.”