Suspended Docker Jason Carter has followed Cam McCarthy out the door at Fremantle after having his request for an early release from his contract granted.
The news comes after the 20-year-old was told he wouldn’t be offered a contract in 2021, as he serves a five-match suspension for drink driving last weekend.
Carter has played just two games for the club.
“Following Jason’s five-game suspension, Jason and his management sought clarity around Jason’s likely contractual status for 2021,” Bell said.
“The club informed Jason and his management that Jason would not be offered a contract for 2021 and subsequently an early release from his 2020 playing contract was agreed to.
“In the meantime, the club will continue to provide ongoing welfare support for Jason, in conjunction with the AFL Players’ Association.
“We take this opportunity to thank Jason for his time at Fremantle and wish him all the best for the next phase of his career.”
Carter’s drink driving indiscretion is the second time the Fremantle Next Generation Academy product has been in hot water in 2020, after he was busted partying during the State’s strict COVID-19 laws in April.
Carter made his debut against Geelong in August last year after joining Fremantle’s NGA as a concession signing in 2016.
He was selected as a category B rookie following the 2018 season and became eligible for selection when he was upgraded to Fremantle’s senior list in July.
The departure is the club’s second in as many days, after informing out of favour forward McCarthy he wouldn’t receive a contract next season.
“The club, Cam and his management have mutually agreed that Cam be released from his AFL playing contract for 2020,” Bell said.
“We have been in discussions with Cam and his management about his future at Fremantle.
“We believed it was only fair to advise Cam as soon as possible that it was unlikely that he would have his contract extended beyond the end of the 2020 season.
“On that basis, Cam and his management discussed the situation with his family, and subsequently informed the club that he would like to seek an early release from his contract, which was mutually agreed to by all parties.”
In a huge blow for McCarthy, the WA Football Commission today denied his request to see out the 2020 season with South Fremantle.
“The West Australian Football Commission can confirm that AFL-listed players being released from their AFL contracts prior to the end of the season are not eligible to play in the WAFL competition in 2020 under WAFL Rules and Regulations,” a statement read.