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Trade Essentials

How does free agency work?

All you need to know about the free agency system

11:29pm  Oct 4, 2018

When is the 2018 AFL Trade Period?

All the key dates for the Trade Period, free agency and the draft

4:34pm  Oct 6, 2018

Indicative draft order: Check out your club's picks

Keep up to date with what picks your club has after the Trade Period

8:41pm  Oct 17, 2018

Free Agent Watch

Who's on the move? Senior reporter Nick Bowen tracks the players who qualify for free agent status.

 

  Player   Status On the move?
 
Jarryd Blair
COLLINGWOOD
Unrestricted

On the outer this season despite strong VFL form, Blair's time at the Holden Centre appears to be coming to a close. Still just 28, so could appeal to clubs looking for a readymade small forward. Most likely to be considered as a delisted free agent.

 
Tyson Goldsack
COLLINGWOOD
Unrestricted

Completed a remarkably quick return from a knee reconstruction in March to fill in as the Pies' No.1 key defender during a finals campaign that came agonisingly close to delivering the club's 16th premiership. The 31-year-old is keen to play on, but is in limbo as the Pies prioritise re-signing fellow defenders Darcy Moore and Tom Langdon, and remain in the hunt for Gold Coast's Steven May and, to a lesser extent, Western Bulldog Marcus Adams. Goldsack's manager, Anthony McConville of Mac's Sports, was due to meet with Collingwood for further discussions. 

 
George Horlin-Smith
GEELONG
Unrestricted

The 25-year-old is set to join Gold Coast, but his move might not be confirmed for a while. The Suns are all but certain to receive pick No.3 as compensation for Tom Lynch's departure to Richmond, but won't move on Horlin-Smith as a free agent if acquiring him could dilute that pick. If that risk proves real, Gold Coast could look to secure the South Australian in a trade.

 
Daniel Menzel
GEELONG
Unrestricted

The forward is still seeking a two-year deal, but to date neither Geelong nor a rival team have been prepared to make that commitment. Menzel's manager, Adam Ramanauskas, told RSN927 Geelong still had "interest" in re-signing the 27-year-old, but added he was "not as confident" as he had been last year that Menzel would re-sign. Ramanauskas was, however, confident Menzel would get a rival offer in the event he left the Cattery.

 
Taylor Duryea
HAWTHORN
Unrestricted

The 27-year-old fell out of favour at Hawthorn in the latter part of 2018 before returning for the semi-final loss to Melbourne. The defender will have the option of playing on with the Hawks in 2019, but will be asking himself whether a fresh start would be best for his career, with Sydney among several opposition clubs circling.

 
Ryan Schoenmakers
HAWTHORN
Unrestricted

Injury and form limited the key forward to just nine games in 2018, but he does not turn 28 until November and should have good football left in him. The South Australian loves the Hawks and is hopeful of re-signing, but will likely have to wait until the end of the Trade Period before learning his fate.

 
Brendan Whitecross
HAWTHORN
Unrestricted

The Queenslander appears to be on borrowed time at Waverley after playing just six games this season. Turns 29 in January but his experience could appeal to one of the clubs in his home state.

 
Mark LeCras
WEST COAST
Unrestricted

The classy veteran enjoyed a strong home and away season and kicked three goals in the preliminary final win over Melbourne. Still seems to have petrol in the tank but, at 32, will he decide that playing in a premiership team is the perfect way to bow out?

 
Tom Liberatore
WESTERN BULLDOGS
Unrestricted

The elite inside ball-winner returned home from an overseas holiday this week to resume talks with the Bulldogs. Dogs list manager Sam Power said those discussions had been "positive". A new deal appears imminent.

 
Jordan Roughead
WESTERN BULLDOGS
Restricted

The versatile tall has informed the Bulldogs he will explore his free agency options after being in and out of the senior team this year. The 27-year-old is firmly on West Coast's radar, with the Eagles understood to be eyeing him more as a key defender than a ruckman. However, Roughead might not get to the Eagles as a free agent if they decide not to risk diluting any compensation pick they receive for Lycett's departure to Port. In that scenario, West Coast could try to broker a trade with the Bulldogs instead.