ESSENDON has praised delisted footballer Jackson Merrett’s “attitude and leadership”.
The Bombers have cut the Hampden league export after 56 games across seven AFL seasons, opting against offering him a contract for 2019.
Merrett, 25, leaves younger brother Zach to carry on the family name at Essendon.
The Cobden-raised utility played two AFL games in 2018 coming off of a broken leg.
Essendon coach John Worsfold said Merrett had made a positive impact at the Bombers.
"On behalf of the Essendon Football Club, I would like to thank Jackson for his commitment to the club," he said.
"The attitude and leadership he has shown both on and off the field is truly commendable.
“He has outstanding character and has helped to mentor and support the younger players on our list. Jackson is a highly respected player of this club."
Merrett was drafted with pick 31 in the 2011 draft.