George Hampson’s WAFL future is in doubt after he was axed by East Fremantle this week.
Less than two months after he was a runaway winner of the Lynn Medal, the 28-year-old was told his services were no longer required by new coach Bill Monaghan because of “creative differences”.
It has been a massive list overhaul for last season’s wooden spooners since West Perth premiership coach Monaghan’s arrival at East Fremantle Oval, with as many as 20 players cut in a bid to improve the club’s culture.
“The culture we want to build and the behaviours and work rate of the players that I am expecting isn’t mirrored with what George wants to do at this stage of his career,” Monaghan said.
“Our creative differences meant that it was time for George to leave the football club.”
It was the gun half-forward’s second controversial departure from a WAFL club in five years.
He left Subiaco in 2014 after a simmering rift with the club’s football department, including then coach Jarrad Schofield.
Hampson played 108 league matches for the Sharks (47) and Lions (61), averaging 22 disposals and booting 135 majors.
He won a best-and-fairest at Subiaco in 2013 and played a huge role in their shock grand final win over East Perth the next year, but didn’t play finals in four years at Shark Park.
Other league players to depart East Freo during the off-season include ex-Collingwood defender Jonathon Marsh (Richmond VFL), Carl Green (Perth) and Joel Kalajzic (West Coast reserves).
Monaghan believes recruits Luke Strnadica (Fremantle), Morgan Davies (Claremont) and Kody Manning (West Perth) will “help significantly”. Thomas Bennett and Jesse Adamini are also back.