AFTER 81 games at the top level, Melbourne has delisted Oscar McDonald.

The key defender was recruited with pick No.53 in the 2014 National Draft and became a regular contributor for the Demons across six seasons.

In 2018, McDonald played a significant role in Melbourne’s finals charge, holding down the last line of defence in all 25 games that year.

But since the club has secured Jake Lever and Steven May in recent times, McDonald has found himself outside the best 22, managing just seven games in 2020.

While it’s a disappointing end for the 24-year-old, General Manager of Football Facilities and Administration Josh Mahoney said he will always be a part of the club’s history.

“Oscar has been a popular member of the footy club over the past six years and we would like to thank him for his valuable contributions,” Mahoney told Melbourne Media.

“Letting players go at this time of the year is always challenging, but we wish Oscar all the best for the future.”  

Melbourne is in the process of finalising its contracts ahead of the first list lodgement for 2021 next Wednesday.