The 28-year-old made 50 appearances for the Demons in the four seasons he spent in red and blue, after 71 games for Collingwood between 2007-12.
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“I reckon they (the Demons) really are on the cusp of finals, particularly with the list that they’ve built and I saw a spot for myself there as a senior player who is able to do a lot of the heavy lifting and help these young players if I can absorb some physical pressure for them,” Dawes told Melbourne radio station RSN.
“But obviously the club saw it differently.”
The free agency period begins on November 1 and Dawes will be eligible to sign for another club from that date onwards, although the big forward hasn’t seen any interest yet.
“Not to me directly,” Dawes said when asked if other clubs had shown interest in him.
“I don’t know, maybe that’s not a great sign.
“I don’t see it as the end, I still reckon I’ve got a lot of good footy to offer certain teams so I’m hoping I can get another opportunity.”