The brutal reality of the life of a professional athlete is that the time comes for every one where most have to find a new source of income.
Perhaps brutal is too strong a word, but you get the drift.
The Collingwood Magpies, despite qualifying for the Grand Final in 2018, are no exception. Their list for 2019 will look quite different from the one fielded in the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition.
Some players have been resigned and some delisted, but the resigned have no true security and the delisted could turn up again, either for the Magpies, or one of the other clubs.
The Pies have made 10 changes to their list for 2019.
Tyson Goldsack and Levi Greenwood were re-signed. Goldsack returns for a 13th season and will be about 32 when the new season starts. He had the right idea, tongue in cheek, skipping the regular season after rupturing his ACL in pre-season trials, but coming back to play a major role in finals. He has averaged under 14 games per season since coming on in 2007 and some feel that if the Pies had won the Grand Final, he would have called time and gone out on a high note.
Brody Mihocek and Josh Daicos did enough to earn two-year extensions.
Jarryd Blair, veteran of 157 games, had his name removed from the list, as did Adam Oxley, Sam McLarty and Josh Smith.
Those four seemed expendable, as all had a tough time getting on the ground in 2018.
The Pies delisted Sam Murray, who is under the cloud of an ASADA inquiry, but Collingwood would like to redraft him as a rookie. He played 13 games for the Magpies in 2018, averaging over 20 disposals per game.
Tim Broomhead could also come back as a rookie, albeit a rookie who has played 36 senior games across five seasons.
List boss Ned Guy paid tribute to the delisted players, all of whom would probably prefer to be paid in cash, as tribute does not pay the grocery bill.