Edit: Have they been booted? You can click their names in the original post and it takes you to their profiles but searching doesn't find anyone with those names. If so, thank you WGT, that's a bit less dead wood on the tree.
Think you may be right, promising talent nipped in the bud.
More seriously though it got me wondering.
I'd admit to not bring entirely sure what to look at, but the last activity I can see for either is in June. If they were they kicked then when did this happen and specifically was it before they "won" the competition? Did the prize go to the next players in that tier?
Would it be possible to split the remaining credits (could sell their clubs too) of such players to those who lost out in ready go's, start with the last one they played and upgrade everyone below them by a place for example.
Suppose not really, a lot of work just to give credits away.