Crameri yet to attract interest despite wanting to play on

Monday, May 13, 2019

There is yet to be any interest in delisted former Western Bulldogs forward Stewart Crameri ahead of the first delisted free agency signing period, which opens on Wednesday.
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Crameri, 29, who moved to the Bulldogs from Essendon for the start of the 2014 season, has played 99 games since making his AFL debut in 2010.

The mobile yet strong marking forward has battled persistent hip injuries recently and spent 2016 on the sidelines thanks to a suspension received for his part in the Essendon supplements saga.

Fairfax Media understands no clubs have signalled their interest in Crameri at this stage.

He would likely have moved back to Essendon in the trade period had they not secured Jake Stringer from the Bulldogs.

Geelong had been interested in Crameri but don’t have a spot on their list for him. The Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns are also understood to not be in the running for Crameri.

He has been training throughout the off season and is willing to take any opportunity that might come his way, including as a rookie draft selection.

Meanwhile, delisted Hawthorn speedster Billy Hartung is more confident of finding a new home for 2018.

It is understood he has been contacted by clubs and, like Crameri, is happy to take his chance as a delisted free agency signing or as a rookie.

Hartung, 22, has played 63 game since making his debut in 2014. He has played 36 of those games in the past two seasons but coach Alastair Clarkson is understood to have finally run out of patience with the Dandenong Stingrays product.

Hartung was infamously dropped for Hawthorn’s 2015 grand final drubbing of West Coast after he played in the preliminary final and 19 other games for the season.

Taylor Hunt, who was delisted by Richmond last week (after being delisted by Geelong at the end of 2014) is understood not to be hopeful of his AFL career continuing into 2018.

Hunt studied to be a carpenter while he was at Richmond and will likely play VFL or local football in the immediate future.

Between November 1 and November 8, clubs can sign delisted free agents. They can do so again between November 10-17 and November 25-26. Final lists have to be lodged for the 2018 season on November 29.

If delisted free agents miss out on being signed in those periods they can also be picked up in the pre-season or rookie drafts, which take place on November 27.

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