BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Neville Jetta of the Demons celebrates with fans during the round eight AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Melbourne Demons at The Gabba on May 12, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Melbourne have wasted no time in turning their eye towards 2022 with five players departing the club.

The Demons have delisted Jay Lockhart, Aaron Nietschke and Austin Bradtke while Aaron Vandenberg has informed the club he will be testing the open market for opportunities elsewhere.

List manager Tim Lamb said Vandenberg's efforts on-field would always be remembered and appreciated by Melbourne fans.

“Vanders has made a significant contribution over his seven years at the club," Lamb said.

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"His ability to set standards on and off the field has been significant in our growth over this period.

“I know our supporters loved the brutal way that Vanders played the game. His performances in some big games for the club, including the 2018 AFL Finals Series will be long remembered.

“We wish Vanders all the best for whatever comes next.”

Lockhart managed 22 games for the club, while Nietschke suffered three ACLs during his time at the Dees.

Neville Jetta also announced his retirement to the playing group on Monday amid premiership celebrations.

Jetta played 159 games for the Demons and is attributed with being one of the key driving forces behind a change in culture that helped lead Melbourne to their newfound success.

The small defender said he was honoured to leave the club as a life member and to have seen the landscape of the club change so much.

“Having the chance to be able to witness and be part of the ultimate success at this great club is something I’m incredibly proud of,” said Jetta.

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“I’m super proud of my journey as a player, one that has had many ups and downs, and I’m forever grateful for the opportunity to live out my childhood dream and help our club be great again.

“To every single person who has been a part of my journey, thank you for making it such a special one.

“I will never take for granted the support of the fans and the impact you’re able to have on so many people through football.

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“I want to thank all of my family and my whole community, particularly Mum and Dad for all the long car trips from Bunbury to Perth. I’ll be forever grateful for all they’ve done for me."

Coach Simon Goodwin praised Jetta for his impact both on and off-field in his time at the club.

“Nev is an incredible person and our players, coaches and staff are better people for having played and worked alongside him,” said Goodwin.

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“He is an amazing character and he’s been determined to make sure he left this club as a great club. It’s fitting that he gets to leave our club in the position we are today, premiers for the first time in 57 years.

“As a player, Nev was the ultimate competitor, incredibly resilient and the epitome of a great teammate."

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