De-listed Magpie Sam Dwyer says he remains hopeful of continuing his AFL career, despite being 29 years old.

“This year, it’s probably been the best that my body’s been at AFL level. You look at that and I think that it can still develop and get stronger and stronger to suit the AFL game,” Dwyer told channel Nine.

Overlooked by AFL clubs in up to nine national drafts, Dwyer developed into one of the VFL’s best players during the 2000s. He won a premiership medallion and best and fairest at Port Melbourne, as well as selection in the VFL team of the year on three occasions.

At the 2013 draft, Collingwood took a punt on the then 26-year-old, selecting him with selection 87. He would play 39 games in three seasons at the Pies, but fell out of selection favour towards the end of 2015, despite averaging 20 disposals in the VFL.