Last Update: 1pm, Wed 9th of October
Here is your comprehensive guide to the free agency period of 2013.
The rules of Free Agency rules are covered by the AFLPA in an easy to read diagram here, so I won’t bore you with them, but bear in mind if a player is restricted the club has an opportunity to match the offer. Also, where possible, I have listed the agent or agency that represents the player.
Last year there were a total of 33 free agents whose futures had not been decided before the start of the period. This year there are only 24: 4 restricted and 20 unrestricted.
Let’s start with the restricted free agents:
Nick Dal Santo (St. Kilda) – Tom Petroro (Stride Management)
Nick’s situation is an interesting one. He currently has a one year option with St. Kilda, subject to passing a medical. If he chooses to take it, he’ll pass it with flying colours. He has spoken publically about doing what is in the best interests of St. Kilda. If they want to keep him, he’ll stay. If they want to move in a more youthful direction he’ll happily leave. In preparation for the latter, he has already spoken to other AFL clubs including North Melbourne and Essendon.
Eddie Betts (Carlton) – Ned Guy (McDonald Sports)
Signed with Adelaide on a reported 4 year, $2 million dollar deal.
Dale Thomas (Collingwood) – Connors Sports Management
Officially a Blue players for 4 years, in a contract worth upwards of $2.5 million.
Lance Franklin (Hawthorn) – Liam Pickering (Strategic)
Signed with Sydney on a 9 year, $10 million contract.
Now for the unrestricted free agents:
Simon Black (McDonald Sports) and Jonathan Brown (ESP)
Jonathan Brown has re-signed for 1 year. Simon Black’s future still uncertain
Heath Scotland (Carlton) – Agent unknown
The 33 year old defender hit form towards the end of the season. No news has been reported on whether he will play on next year, but it is likely Carlton will retain him on a 1 year contract.
Alan Didak (Collingwood) – ESP
Has been delisted by the Pies. Keen to play on but has not been linked to any clubs.
Dustin Fletcher (Essendon) – Michael Quinlan (Top Dog Management)
Re-signed by Essendon.
Paul Chapman (Geelong) – Strategic Management
Been told his future lies elsewhere, and will no doubt find a home in 2014.
Joel Corey (Geelong) – Strategic Management
Josh Hunt (Michael Quinlan – Top Dog Management)
Been told he is no longer required at Geelong and is keen to go around again.
Corey Enright (Geelong) – ESP
No indications that Enright will leave Geelong. He played in 20 of their 22 games this season and judging by his age, will sign a new 1 year deal.
Max Bailey (Hawthorn) – ESP
Xavier Ellis (Hawthorn) – Connors Sports Management
Xavier has been linked to a host of interstate clubs including West Coast. He did not feature in the squad for the Hawk’s grand final win, suggesting he may look to other clubs as an option.
Brent Guerra (Hawthorn) – Agent unknown
Michael Osborne (Hawthorn) – Agent unknown
Colin Sylvia (Melbourne) – Tom Petroro (Stride Management)
Has signed with Fremantle.
Tom Logan (Port Adelaide) – Mac’s Sports
Played well in Port’s finals campaign and looks likely to be given a new contract.
Matt Thomas (Port Adelaide) – McDonald Sports
Delisted by the Power. No news to report.
Luke McGuane (Richmond) – Connors Sports Management
Pretty keen to head up north and join Brisbane.
Matthew White (Richmond) – Mac’s Sports
Has told the club he will seek a trade, with Port Adelaide a potential destination.
Dean Cox (West Coast) – Paul Connors (Connors Sports Management)
Highly likely he’ll re-sign with the Eagles. If there was any indication that this was not the case, several clubs would swoop.
Dylan Addison (Western Bulldogs) – Agent unknown
Played out the season with the Bulldogs suggesting an extension may be on the cards.
There are a host of other names who have been mentioned about switching clubs, but they will have to do so via a trade or entering the pre-season draft. These include Stewart Crameri, Shane Mumford and Heath Shaw.
The trade period runs for 4 weeks, ending on Friday the 25th of October.