See who your club could be gaining and losing on the player market.
While the 2013 AFL season might be run and won but there are still plenty of stories to come out of the upcoming off-season.
Three big names are set to dominate headlines in terms of players movements with the much-sought after signatures of Lance Franklin, Dale Thomas and Dustin Martin up for grabs.
Friday 4 October: Free agency trade period opens, AFL father-son bidding nominations close at 2pm.
Monday 7 October at 10am: AFL Trade period opens, father-son players bidding meeting.
Friday 18 October at 5pm: Free agency trade period closes.
Monday 21 October: AFL restricted free agency matching offer three-day period ends.
Friday 25 October at 2pm: AFL Trade period closes.
Versatile big man Shaun McKernan wants out of West Lakes, looking for a new home in Victoria. But the Crows have their sights set on a number of players including disgruntled Brisbane midfielder Jared Polec and Carlton livewire Eddie Betts. Crows Ian Callinan and journeyman Richard Tambling remain without deals for 2014.
The Lions are faced with an exodus of youth with the likes of Billy Longer, Sam Docherty, Patrick Karnezis, Jared Polec, Elliot Yeo, James Polkinghorne and Aaron Cornelius seeking new clubs for 2014. Longer, a first round pick, looms as the greatest loss – taking into account his exposed form.
Docherty had wraps on him while in the twos but failed to fire on the big stage. Karnezis is another who has mixed his form when given the opportunity. Meanwhile, the Lions yesterday announced they had withdrawn from the race for Richmond ace Dustin Martin.
Free agents: Simon Black (yet to announce if he’ll play on next season) and Jonathan Brown (will go around again)
Big Shaun Hampson will definitely be on the trade table while Jeremy Laidler has already told the club he’s looking for a new home. Free agent Eddie Betts remains unsigned with Adelaide and North Melbourne his suitors. The Blues are well in the market for Collingwood wingman Dale Thomas, while they’re among several clubs vying for GWS midfielder Taylor Adams. Chris Yarran could also be on the move from Visy Park.
Free agents: Eddie Betts (on the move), Heath Scotland (should re-sign)
Out-of-favour defender Heath Shaw and Dale Thomas will dominate the Magpies trade talks with the former linked to Melbourne, Geelong and Richmond. Thomas could join former mentor Mick Malthouse at Carlton, while the Magpies look set to lure athletic big man Jesse White from Sydney.
Free agents: Dale Thomas (Blues keen as)
Forward Stewart Crameri is well on his way to the Western Bulldogs with a four-year $1.8m deal on the table. Scott Gumbleton’s name will again be bandied around as rival clubs look to bolster their tall forward stocks. St Kilda midfielder Nick Dal Santo has been linked to Windy Hill and North Melbourne while the Bombers would be in the market for a rebounding defender – refer Bulldog Jason Johannisen and Magpie Heath Shaw.
Free agents: Dustin Fletcher (why retire now?)
Would be surprised if the Dockers made radical changes after coming with three goals of ultimate glory. Alex Silvagni could be seeking greater opportunities while injury-ravaged midfielder Viv Michie is keen to return to Victoria. The Dockers were into West Australian Scott Gumbleton last year, the Bomber would slot into nicely alongside Matthew Pavlich and Chris Mayne.
Free agents: nil
The axe could fall on Paul Chapman despite the club champion, who had his 2013 campaign marred by injury, keen to play on for another season. The Cats’ list is rock solid with retirements on the cards for Joel Corey and Josh Hunt. Veteran James Podsiadly could also come under scrutiny during the trade period.
Free agents: Paul Chapman (wants to play on), Joel Corey (retirement on the cards), Corey Enright (should re-sign), Josh Hunt (same as Corey) and Mathew Stokes (safe as houses)
Another defender would be on the cards for the Suns but no rash decisions to be made with three early draft picks up their sleeves. The Suns delisted five including Mav Weller, Joel Wilkinson and Kyal Horsley while Jared Brennan has announced his retirement.
Free agents: nil
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
Cash is king in western Sydney and the Giants hold more than enough to jemmy Lance Franklin out of Hawthorn. The Coleman medallist and dual premiership star is set to decide on his future as early as this week. Magpie Heath Shaw could also be joining brother, Rhyce, in New South Wales with the Giants keen on his services. While the club distanced itself from Tiger Dustin Martin, it’s set to lose defender Josh Bruce (St Kilda bound) and Taylor Adams (Victoria bound).
Free agents: nil
All eyes on Lance Franklin. Should he stay, look elsewhere for big moves. Should he go, watch out as the cashed-up Hawks look to bolster their ruck division – think Shane Mumford and Billy Longer. Dale Thomas could also form part of discussions should the salary cap allow.
Free agents: Max Bailey (should re-sign), Xavier Ellis (unclear), Lance Franklin (money talks), Brent Guerra (could retire), Michael Osborne (in trouble)
Colin Sylvia remains unsigned with several clubs interested in the classy ball user. The Demons have placed pick No.2 on the trade table in a bid to lure mature talent. While the club failed last year with several ‘moneyball’ decisions not paying dividends, this time around it has Paul Roos pulling the trade strings. A solid midfielder and defender would be high priorities for the Sydney premiership coach.
Free agents: Colin Sylvia (has suitors if he wants to go)
The Kangaroos have their sights firmly set on St Kilda star Nick Dal Santo. Blues forward Eddie Betts was also linked to Arden St. Key defender Luke Delaney could be shopped around with the Roos well served by All-Australian Scott Thompson and Nathan Grima. Hard-working midfielder Levi Greenwood (contracted for 2014) could be tempted to test the market for greater opportunities elsewhere. Unsigned Roos Jordan Gysberts, pick No.11 in 2009, and Will Sierakowski would have little currency on the open market given their lack of experience.
Free agents: nil
Power coach Ken Hinkley is open trading for his first round draft pick for an emerging player – all but ruling out moves to recruit mature talent. Lion Jared Polec must decide between Alberton and West Lakes. How would delisted Magpie Alan Didak look in Power strips alongside Jay Schulz and Angus Monfries?
Free agents: Tom Logan (unclear)
Great news for the Tigers with Dustin Martin signing a two-year contract extension today. He now has to win back his teammates after courting offers from other clubs, but by Round 1 next season it’s likely all will be forgiven. The Tigers have now locked up all their big names with Reece Conca last week joining teammates including Trent Cotchin, Jack Riewoldt, Alex Rance, Brandon Ellis, Dylan Grimes and Daniel Jackson in inking new deals this season. Chris Newman has signed a one-year contract and back-up key defender Ben Griffiths is reportedly set to follow suit. That doesn’t leave much for other clubs to chase, and little spare cash for the Tigers to go shopping – at least if Martin signs. Richmond is in the hunt for GWS clearance gun Taylor Adams but Collingwood seems his most likely home. Lion Billy Longer has also been mentioned – Richmond needs a young back-up ruckman – but he seems a certainty to go to Hawthorn.
Free agents: Luke McGuane (retire or one-year deal), Matt White (should re-sign)
The Saints say they aren’t shopping any of their players around, but they are clearly open to offers in the hope of cashing in an experienced star for some more early draft picks to turbo charge Scott Watters’ rebuild. North Melbourne is keen on Nick Dal Santo and only has to come up with a suitable deal to get him; Essendon has also expressed interest in the silky left-footer but losing its draft picks in the first two rounds severely weakens its bargaining power. Sam Fisher could find his way to GWS and Leigh Montagna’s name has also been floated in trade talk, but St Kilda is unlikely to let both he and Dal Santo go. The Saints have made no secret of their desire to land a key defender but there aren’t many big names available – young Giant Josh Bruce says he wants to move to Seaford and Kangaroo Luke Delaney is also in the mix, while Bomber Tayte Pears remains out of contract. The man they came close to landing 12 months ago, Eagle Mitch Brown, signed a contract extension with West Coast mid-season and a pitch for his brother Nathan fell flat after he opted to stay at Collingwood. The Saints say they won’t give up pick three unless they receive an “extraordinary” offer. Clint Jones, Tom Curren, Tom Simpkin, Farren Ray (who was chased by Melbourne last year), Beau Maister and Terry Milera have all re-signed while Tom Ledger, Jay Lever and Jordan Staley have been delisted, adding to the retirements of veterans Justin Koschitzke, Stephen Milne and Jason Blake.
Free agents: Nick Dal Santo (on the move)
Jesse White looks destined to spend 2014 elsewhere given a market for his services and the Swans’ bounty of tall options. Collingwood is best placed to secure his signature. Not bad for a bloke considered as the proverbial steak knives in a mooted – pre salary cap breach scandal – deal for Kurt Tippett last year. Mike Pyke’s emergence as the Swans’ No.1 ruckman has forced Shane Mumford to look elsewhere – Hawthorn and Greater Western Sydney among the leading candidates.
Free agents: nil
Blues speedster Chris Yarran could be lured home to Western Australian during the trade period. Yarran mixed his form under Mick Malthouse including a stint in the VFL. The Eagles are well placed with several players hanging up the boots including Andrew Embley, Mark Nicoski and Adam Selwood. Meanwhile, veterans Daniel Kerr’s future hangs in the balance. But first, the Eagles must appoint a senior coach for 2014 with Peter Sumich the leading candidatefrom Hawthorn and Port Adelaide assistants Adam Simpson and Alan Richardson in the mix.
Free agents: Dean Cox (not going anywhere), Darren Glass (same as Cox)
Stewart Crameri could be the first deal of the trade period to be done with the Dogs closing in with a four-year deal. Bomber Scott Gumbleton would be next in line, while defender Jason Johannisen is understood to be on the trade table. Free agent Dylan Addison remains unsigned and could be headed back to New South Wales after strong finish to the season.
Free agents: Dylan Addison (one year deal, at best)