JUST IN: Port Adelaide list manager Jason Cripps reveals club have released four key players

Port Adelaide has made four more roster changes, releasing Scott Lycett, Orazio Fantasia, Sam Hayes, and Jake Pasini.

Lycett, a former Port Adelaide youth who participated in the club’s SANFL program, has informed the club that he will retire after 146 AFL games.

Lycett made his West Coast debut in 2011 after being drafted in the 2010 National Draft, and he was a member of their Premiership team in 2018.

He returns to Alberton in 2019 after appearing in 71 appearances over the previous five seasons. Lycett has played in only 18 games for the Power in the last two seasons due to injuries.

Fantasia, 28, was given a contract by Port Adelaide but has chosen to pursue other alternatives.

Fantasia was drafted by Essendon with pick 55 in the 2013 National Draft and made his debut for the Bombers in 2014, playing 80 games over seven seasons.

Fantasia returned to South Australia at the end of 2020, where he played 15 games for Port Adelaide in 2021. Injuries have limited the tiny forward to only four AFL games in the last two seasons at Alberton.

Hayes was told he would not be awarded a contract in 2024, and Pasini was told he would be delisted as well, despite having one year left on his deal.

Hayes debuted in 2022 after being drafted in the 2017 National Draft. Hayes suffered an ACL injury at training in 2018 before making his AFL debut. He went on to appear in 11 games for the Power over the next two seasons, including four in 2023.

Pasini was signed by Alberton through the 2019 Rookie Draft. Pasini, like Hayes, suffered an ACL damage in 2022 while vying for AFL selection. The dynamic defender departs Port Adelaide after 33 SANFL appearances, including all 19 this season.

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Port Adelaide senior coach Ken Hinkley congratulated Lycett for his service and contribution to the club after learning of his impending retirement.

“Scott has been an outstanding contributor for two clubs across his 146 games, including as a premiership player at West Coast,” Hinkley said in a statement.

“He was an incredible workhorse for our club over the last five seasons, always putting his teammates first.” Scott was a Port Adelaide kid through and through, and we thank him for his love and commitment to our club.

“We congratulate Scott on a great career and we will look for an opportunity next year to acknowledge and celebrate his career more formally.”

Jason Cripps, Port Adelaide list manager, congratulated Fantasia, Hayes, and Pasini for their efforts to the club.

“We also thank Orazio, Sam and Jake for their various contributions to our club.”

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