GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: Suns coach Rodney Eade looks on during the round 17 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Collingwood Magpies at Metricon Stadium on July 15, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Eastern Football League side Balwyn will now be without two of their high-profile recruits for the 2018 season, after former AFL players Daniel Gorringe and Henry Schade left the club.

The pair have not trained since Christmas, with Rodney Eade unveiled as the Tigers’ coach in mid-January.

Both Gorringe and Schade were delisted under Eade, with the pair playing two and 20 games for Eade respectively.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 16: Daniel Gorringe of the Suns and Matthew Lobbe of the Power compete for the ball during the round 21 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Port Adelaide Power at Metricon Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Balwyn football manager Paul Johnson touched on the pair’s decision to leave, but said they were still under contract.

“They’re required players, the club hasn’t got replacements for them so those conversations will need to continue between the coach, president and myself,” Johnson said.

“It leaves us in a very bad spot simple because all the good players (recruits) are gone and all of a sudden now we haven’t got a No.1 ruckman and where we wanted three tall backmen, now we’ve only got two.

“That is the reason we expect them to honour their contracts.”

Johnson was especially disappointed to lose Schade, with the Tigers hoping for big things from the defender.

“Schade is a very nice fella, very nice guy and as I’ve said, thought he might have been our next captain,” Johnson added.

“Very disappointing to lose (him), we spoke and he was going to sit down and catch up with ‘Rocket’ but until that happens the club feels that they won’t be releasing him.”

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Henry Schade of the Suns breaks away from the defence during the 2015 AFL Round 06 match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Adelaide Crows at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast on May 09, 2015. (Photo: Bradley Kanaris/AFL Media)