Essendon have axed a couple of players from their train-on list, with only two left

Essendon have two list vacancies ahead of the 2022 season, and now only two candidates left to fill those positions. See who’s still in the running to become a Bomber here.

The race to fill Essendon’s final list spots is down to two.

Midfielder Dylan Clarke and wingman Ronald Fejo jnr have been cut from the list of contenders for the Bombers’ two list vacancies, leaving only West Australian Nick Martin and Tex Wanganeen vying for a spot ahead of next month’s supplemental selection period deadline.

Martin, a midfielder/half-forward, kicked four goals in a standout showing during the Dons’ intra-club match on Wednesday, while Wanganeen showed glimpses of brilliance, kicking two goals of his own.

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Wanganeen is the son of former Port Adelaide and Essendon star Gavin Wanganeen.

The Dons have two list openings and have committed to picking at least one of Martin or Wanganeen.

Tex Wanganeen in action for the Bombers in an intra club match at The Hangar. Picture: Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images
Tex Wanganeen in action for the Bombers in an intra club match at The Hangar. Picture: Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images

Both players could have another chance to stake their claims on Wednesday in a practice game against the Western Bulldogs.

Hard-running onballer Clarke played 24 AFL games with the Dons before being delisted at the end of last season. He was given the chance to train for a reprieve but the club has ultimately opted to look elsewhere.

Speedster Fejo jnr, from the Northern Territory, also showed flashes in Wednesday’s game.

“Nick Martin I thought was pretty impressive. He‘s had a really good pre-season and is obviously hoping to grab that list spot that’s available. He’s continued to impress in that forward and wing role,” assistant coach Dale Tapping said after Wednesday’s match.

Tex Wanganeen (L) is one of two legacies to join the club this year with James Hird’s son Alex (R) also at Essendon. Picture: NCA
Tex Wanganeen (L) is one of two legacies to join the club this year with James Hird’s son Alex (R) also at Essendon. Picture: NCA

“Tex Wanganeen has been pretty impressive too.

“All the young guys are starting to progress really well again so it’s positive signs.”

The SSP deadline is March 9.

Daniel Cherny
Daniel ChernyStaff writer

Daniel Cherny is a Melbourne sportswriter, focusing on AFL and cricket. Having started his career at Back Page Lead, Daniel spent eight years at The Age, during which time he covered Australian Test cricket tours of Bangladesh and the UAE, as well as the 2016 Rio Olympics. He has been recognised for both his AFL and cricket writing, including winning the Clinton Grybas Rising Star Award at the 2019 Australian Football Media Association Awards. He is also a compulsive Simpsons quoter.

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