Jason Ashby of the Bombers attempts to mark infront of Toby Green and Sam Reid of the Giants during the round 13 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium on June 19, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Essendon delist Jason Ashby

Essendon has delisted youngster Jason Ashby.

The 22-year-old played 12 games with the club after being recruited with pick No.34 in the 2012 National Draft.

“Jason is a terrific young man, and an extremely popular member of the playing group,” general manager of football Rob Kerr said.

“Competition for spots as a defender has been tough, but Jason’s resilience and hard work over the journey saw him rewarded with several opportunities to perform at senior level.

“Jason also fought his way back from injury this season to play against quality opposition in GWS and West Coast. To pull on the Essendon Guernsey is a great honour and Jason should be proud of how he developed as a player and a person during his time at the Club.

“Jason will always be welcome at Essendon, and on behalf of everyone at the Club we wish him all the very best for his future, both on and off the field.”

Ashby joins James Gwilt in being delisted by the club, while Matthew Stokes and Adam Cooney have announced their retirements.

SEE ALL OF THE 2016 RETIREMENTS AND DELISTINGS

Essendon Bombers 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains: Adam Saad (Gold Coast Suns, 2020), Devon Smith (GWS Giants, 2021), Jake Stringer (Western Bulldogs, 2021)
2018 Losses: Heath Hocking (delisted), James Kelly (retired), Brent Stanton (retired), Jobe Watson (retired)
Re-Signed: Patrick Ambrose (2019), Mitch Brown (2018), Joe Daniher (2020), Orazio Fantasia (2019), Conor McKenna (2021), Darcy Parish (2019), David Zaharakis (2021)
Off Contract 2017: Mark Baguley, Craig Bird, Sam Draper, Brendon Goddard, Josh Green, Ben Howlett, Jake Long, Shaun McKernan, Ben McNiece, Jackson Merrett, Alex Morgan

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