Adelaide Crows

Indicative draft picks: 7, 15, 19, 37, 69, 79

Delisted: Harry Dear, Jackson Edwards, Ben Jarman

Retired: Sam Gibson, Curtly Hampton

Unsigned free agents: Andy Otten

Whispers: Finding a suitable trade for Mitch McGovern with Carlton will be the first priority, with the need for early picks crucial as they attack home-grown talent through the draft. The Crows explored the potential of landing North Melbourne's Braydon Preuss, however with the Roos ruckman set to stay in Victoria they will need to look elsewhere for support for Sam Jacobs. Richmond's out-of-contract small forward Tyson Stengle is open to a move home to the Crows should a deal not be reached with the Tigers. Midfielder Cam Ellis-Yolmen remains out of contract, but is closing in on an extension to continue his career at West Lakes. 

Brisbane Lions

Indicative draft picks: 4, 22, 40, 58, 76

Delisted: Jake Barrett, Claye Beams, Tom Bell, Rohan Bewick, Liam Dawson, Marco Paparone

Retired: Cian Hanley

Unsigned free agents: Ryan Lester

Whispers: As every day passes, the Lions are getting increasingly confident of securing Lachie Neale on a long-term deal from Fremantle. His close friend and junior teammate Lincoln McCarthy has already signalled his wish to head north to join Charlie Cameron and boost the Lions' small forward stocks. Geelong's Jackson Thurlow is on the club's radar for another mature body through the midfield and across half-back. Contracted pair Sam Mayes (six games) and Ben Keays (two) could be open to moves away from the club for greater opportunity after being limited to minimal AFL action this year. Stefan Martin's agent Paul Connors is adamant his client is a "lock" to stay at the Lions despite persistent interest from Victorian clubs.

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Indicative draft picks: 1, 24, 25, 65, 73

Delisted: Jesse Glass-McCasker, Aaron Mullett, Cameron O'Shea, Matthew Shaw

Retired: Alex Silvagni, Matthew Wright

Unsigned free agents: Nil

Whispers: Giant Dylan Shiel has shot to pole position on the club's trade targets as he ponders a move home to Melbourne. The Blues will be able to offer more than most circling Victorian clubs but will need to present a vision of a flag in the next few years, should he opt to break his contract. Shiel's teammate Will Setterfield is also in the Blues' sights, with Steve Silvagni and his list management crew facing strong competition from Essendon should he wish to depart Sydney. Collingwood free agent Alex Fasolo looks set to join Adelaide's Mitch McGovern in nominating the Blues as his destination of choice, while St Kilda small forward Jack Lonie is one to keep an eye on. With McGovern set to partner Charlie Curnow, Harry McKay and Tom De Koning in attack, Levi Casboult may consider his options elsewhere, despite being signed for 2019. Jed Lamb, Sam Rowe, Sam Kerridge and Nick Graham all remain without deals.

Mitch McGovern is set to become a Blue. Picture: AFL Photos


Indicative draft picks: 17, 48, 53, 71, 89

Delisted: TBC

Retired: TBC

Unsigned free agents: Jarryd Blair, Alex Fasolo, Tyson Goldsack

Whispers: Most of the Pies' trade activity will focus on the defence as they look for more stability. Darcy Moore is yet to commit to the club, and despite having an offer on the table dating back to the pre-season, is being courted by clubs including Sydney. Tom Langdon's stellar finals campaign has all of a sudden made his signature a priority, with his value much higher than it was in August. If the Pies were to lose one of Moore or Langdon, the pain would be offset should they be able to secure Gold Coast captain Steven May. Attempting to lure him out of the Suns last year before signing on, the Pies will up the ante again this Trade Period. St Kilda's Jack Lonie has gained interest and could be a replacement for free agent Alex Fasolo, who appears bound for Carlton. Grand finalists Levi Greenwood and Brody Mihocek are both out of contract.


Indicative draft picks: 8, 31, 62, 80

Delisted: Brendon Goddard, Josh Green, Jackson Merrett

Retired: Nil

Unsigned free agents: Nil

Whispers: The Bombers have been public about their need for more midfield depth and have identified Giant Dylan Shiel as their No.1 target. They're facing stiff opposition from Carlton and Hawthorn, and Shiel remains tied to the Giants until the end of 2019, but he has been given a licence to explore his options. Fellow Giant Will Setterfield, a big Bombers fan as a junior, is also on the radar, with the Dons also attempting to get him to break his contract. They have also asked the question of Gold Coast's contracted midfielder Jack Martin, who is expected to stay at the Suns unless the Bombers' offer is too good to refuse. Utility Mark Baguley has been told he needs to wait until the end of NAB AFL Trade Period before he's given a decision on his future, despite playing 20 of 22 games this season. No.2 ruckman Matthew Leuenberger is also chasing an extension. 


Indicative draft picks: 5, 77

Delisted: TBC

Retired: Michael Johnson, Danyle Pearce, Lee Spurr

Unsigned free agents: 

Whispers: Is this the year the Dockers finally land the big WA fish they've been craving for so long? Melbourne's Jesse Hogan is believed to be considering a move back home with a year to run on his deal at the Demons. With midfielder Lachie Neale looking increasingly likely to request a shift to Brisbane, the Lions' pick four (that will move to five) will be of interest to get Melbourne's attention for Hogan. The Dockers have met with contracted Giants ruckman Rory Lobb amid interest from West Coast, while they're expected to learn this week if Richmond free agent Reece Conca will join on a three-year deal. If Hogan opts out, expect Victorian clubs to do all they can to get Ed Langdon back across the Nullarbor. Signed until 2019, the former Sandringham Dragon is expected to give the Dockers' best and fairest a shake on Saturday night. 

Will Jesse Hogan become a Docker? Picture: AFL Photos

Geelong Cats

Indicative draft picks: 11, 47, 52, 55, 56, 83

Delisted: Aaron Black, Stewart Crameri, Ryan Gardner, Cory Gregson, Matthew Hayball, Timm House

Retired: Nil

Unsigned free agents: George Horlin-Smith, Daniel Menzel

Whispers: List boss Stephen Wells is sitting anxiously by his phone, waiting for the call from Tim Kelly as to his intentions for 2019. At the Brownlow Medal count on Monday night, Kelly admitted he was weighing up a move back to Perth, with the Eagles coming hardest. Forward Lincoln McCarthy has requested a trade to Brisbane, while Daniel Menzel and Jordan Murdoch remain out of contract. George Horlin-Smith (Gold Coast) and Jackson Thurlow (Brisbane) have registered interest in Queensland. Western Bulldog Luke Dahlhaus could be a Cat as soon as Friday when the free agency window opens, with a four-year deal close to $2 million to come his way. Sydney's Gary Rohan wants to return home to Victoria and the Cats are keen to add more speed. 

Gold Coast Suns

Indicative draft picks: 2, 18, 26, 29, 38, 41, 74

Delisted: Michael Barlow, Josh Jaska, Michael Rischitelli*, Max Spencer, Mackenzie Willis

Retired: Matt Rosa

Unsigned free agents: Tom Lynch

Whispers: Prepare for one of the biggest revolving doors in a club's history this off-season. Contracted captain Steven May continues to weigh up a move to Victoria, and he was spotted scouring the Melbourne property market last week. With Collingwood and Melbourne coming hardest, the Suns are demanding a long-term commitment from their skipper. Suns recruiters can start planning to use the pick No.3 they receive as for compensation for free agent Tom Lynch's impending move to Richmond. Aaron Hall is North Melbourne bound, while out-of-contract defender Kade Kolodjashnij has interest from Melbourne. Jack Martin has attracted interest from Essendon and Hawthorn but remains signed to the end of 2019. With a number of clubs in need of a ruckman, contracted big man Tom Nicholls may be open to a move, as he is stuck behind No.1 Jarrod Witts. Another to watch is second-year utility Jack Scrimshaw. Geelong's George Horlin-Smith and Richmond pair Corey Ellis and Anthony Miles appear destined to arrive.

*Will be retained by the club on the rookie list

Tom Lynch is likely to become a Tiger. Picture: AFL Photos

GWS Giants

Indicative draft picks: 13, 23, 44, 49, 67, 85

Delisted: TBC

Retired: Ryan Griffen

Unsigned free agents: Nil

Whispers: The Giants need to ease some salary cap pressure ahead of next season and are canvassing a number of trade options with contracted players. Star duo Dylan Shiel (Hawthorn, Carlton, Essendon and St Kilda) and Rory Lobb (Fremantle and West Coast) have been given permission to talk to rival clubs in their home states, while emerging defender Jeremy Finlayson has been encouraged to explore opportunities elsewhere. Will Setterfield, 2016's No.5 draft pick, also continues to be linked to Essendon. Trades for Shiel and/or Lobb would net the Giants strong returns, most likely early draft picks that would give them access to yet more elite young talent. However, if Lobb leaves, they will need to bring in an experienced ruckman to provide support to Dawson Simpson.  


Indicative draft picks: 14, 32, 50, 86

Delisted: Kurt Heatherley,Jonathan O'Rourke, Dallas Willsmore

Retired: Cyril Rioli, Ty Vickery

Unsigned free agents: Taylor Duryea, Ryan Schoenmakers, Brendan Whitecross

Whispers: The Hawks will again be aggressive this trade period, with GWS midfielder Dylan Shiel, mercurial Port Adelaide forward/midfielder Chad Wingard and Gold Coast full-back Steven May among their chief targets. They will face fierce competition for Shiel (Carlton, Essendon, St Kilda), Wingard (Western Bulldogs, St Kilda) and May (Melbourne, Collingwood), and the fact their first draft pick doesn't fall until No.14 won't help their cause. However, Hawthorn can't be discounted given its remarkable success in luring opposition stars to Waverley under coach Alastair Clarkson. The futures of free agents Taylor Duryea, Ryan Schoenmakers and Brendan Whitecross remain clouded, with Duryea exploring a move to Sydney. Out-of-contract defender Teia Miles has been encouraged by the Hawks to explore opportunities at rival clubs.

The Hawks are among the clubs keenest on Chad Wingard. Picture: AFL Photos


Indicative draft picks: 33, 43, 51, 87

Delisted: Tom Bugg, Lochie Filipovic, Mitch King, Pat McKenna, Cameron Pedersen

Retired: Harley Balic, Bernie Vince

Unsigned free agents: Nil

Whispers: The Demons look set to be involved in one of this year's blockbuster trades, as they consider trading spearhead Jesse Hogan home to Fremantle and bolstering their backline with Gold Coast full-back Steven May. Melbourne won't let Hogan go lightly but know trading him should net them an early enough draft pick – either the Dockers' No.5 pick or the No.4 pick they're expected to snare from Brisbane in a trade for Lachie Neale – to entice Gold Coast to let May go a year before he enters free agency. The Demons were the early favourites in the race for Andrew Gaff, but the West Coast free agent will now choose between re-signing with the Eagles or crossing to North Melbourne. Keen to bolster its defensive rebound next season, Melbourne is interested in out-of-contract Sun Kade Kolodjashnij, 2013's No.5 draft pick. However, it appears set to lose Dean Kent to St Kilda and possibly Aaron vandenBerg to Sydney.

North Melbourne

Indicative draft picks: 10, 28, 39, 54, 64, 82

Delisted: Billy Hartung, Tom Jeffries, Mitch Hibberd, Oscar Junker, Gordon Narrier, Daniel Nielson, Josh Williams

Retired: Jarrad Waite

Unsigned free agents: Scott Thompson, Sam Wright

Whispers: The Kangaroos are already well positioned for a successful player exchange period with wantaway Port Adelaide wingman Jared Polec nominating them as his preferred new club and Gold Coast midfielder Aaron Hall also expected to seek a trade to Arden St. But North's trade period will go from good to great if it lands West Coast free agent Andrew Gaff. It's understood Gaff has narrowed his decision down to staying with the Eagles or joining the Roos, but the Victorian has given no indication which way he is leaning. Now the Eagles have won the premiership, he will take time away from the club this week to make a final decision. North is also interested in Swans defender Nic Newman, who toured Arden St recently, but contracted Roos ruckman Braydon Preuss appears set to push for a trade to Melbourne and defender Ryan Clarke has attracted interest from Sydney. Out-of-contract trio Jed Anderson, Scott Thompson and Sam Wright have yet to accept new deals offered by North.

Jared Polec has nominated North Melbourne as his preferred destination. Picture: AFL Photos

Port Adelaide

Indicative draft picks: 9, 21, 27, 45, 46, 81

Delisted: Emmanuel Irra, Jimmy Toumpas

Retired: Lindsay Thomas

Unsigned free agents: Justin Westhoff

Whispers: Fresh from tasting premiership success, Scott Lycett could announce his intentions to join the Power as soon as Friday's West Coast best and fairest count. Lycett said it would be tough to leave his "brothers" in the aftermath of Saturday's win, however that pain will be eased should he sign the four-year deal at Alberton. Chad Wingard continues to field offers from Victorian clubs one year out from becoming a free agent, and if a deal suits the Power, he could be headed for the exit door. The Power will demand North Melbourne's pick 10 as part of the deal for Jared Polec, with later pick swaps set to be argued in the coming week. Karl Amon has expressed a desire to get back to Victoria, while Jack Hombsch and Jasper Pittard have been told they'll be traded if they want fresh starts.


Indicative draft picks: 16, 34, 70, 88

Delisted: TBC

Retired: Ben Griffiths, Shaun Hampson

Unsigned free agents: Reece Conca

Whispers: The pain of the Tigers' disappointing end to 2018 will be eased somewhat when this year's biggest free agent, Gold Coast's Tom Lynch, announces this week he wants to make Punt Rd his new football home. Acquiring Lynch on a long-term deal expected to be worth about $1 million a season will likely force the Tigers to shed a few foot soldiers to balance their salary cap. Fremantle has offered Reece Conca a multi-year deal to move home to Western Australia, Anthony Miles and Corey Ellis are expected to join Gold Coast, Tyson Stengle has been linked to Adelaide and Sam Lloyd to the Western Bulldogs. Nathan Broad, Jacob Townsend, Callum Moore and Connor Menadue also remain out of contract.

St Kilda

Indicative draft picks: 3, 57, 61, 63, 75

Delisted: Ray Connellan, Nathan Freeman, Sam Gilbert, Hugh Goddard, Darren Minchington, Nathan Wright

Retired: Koby Stevens

Unsigned free agents: Nil

Whispers: The Saints are determined to make a big splash in this year's trade period and they're off to a good start, with Swans midfielder Dan Hannebery already signalling his desire to move to Moorabbin on a five-year deal worth about $800,000 a season. St Kilda is confident of brokering a trade with the Swans without including its first-round draft pick, currently No.3 overall, which would leave them well armed in bids for in-demand midfield pair Dylan Shiel (Hawthorn, Carlton and Essendon) and Chad Wingard (Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn). The Saints also look set to snare Dean Kent from Melbourne on a three-year deal, while they were linked to Geelong's Daniel Menzel a few months ago but are believed to have cooled on the free agent. Contracted big man Tom Hickey could depart Moorabbin after meeting with West Coast recently. Fellow big men Billy Longer and Lewis Pierce remain uncontracted, but their value to the Saints will rise if, as expected, their bid for West Coast free agent Scott Lycett falls short. Speculation star midfielder Jack Steven could request a trade to Geelong was quickly nipped in the bud by St Kilda, but small forward Jack Lonie has met with Collingwood.

Swans midfielder Dan Hannebery wants to be a Saint. Picture: AFL Photos

Sydney Swans

Indicative draft picks: 12, 30, 35, 66, 84

Delisted: Alex Johnson

Retired: Kurt Tippett

Unsigned free agents: Nil

Whispers: After several quiet years on the trade front, the Swans are widely expected to be active players this year, with the looming departures of Dan Hannebery (St Kilda), Gary Rohan (Sydney) and, to a lesser extent, Nic Newman (North Melbourne) set to create much-needed salary cap space. The Swans have been heavily linked to uncontracted Collingwood key defender Darcy Moore.  Moore's manager, Liam Pickering, said on Saturday his client wanted to remain a Magpie, but added "the ball is in Collingwood's court". Pickering will resume talks with Collingwood this week. Rival clubs believe the Swans are also keen to bolster their midfield stocks, with Melbourne's Aaron vandenBerg and North Melbourne's Ryan Clarke among those on their trade radar. Hawthorn defender Taylor Duryea looms as a likely free agency acquisition.

West Coast Eagles

Indicative draft picks: 20, 36, 68, 73, 90

Delisted: TBC

Retired: Eric Mackenzie

Unsigned free agents: Andrew Gaff, Mark LeCras, Scott Lycett

Whispers: The Eagles' premiership celebrations look set to be soured when the free agency period opens on Friday, with ruckman Scott Lycett expected to return home to South Australia to join Port Adelaide and star midfielder Andrew Gaff seriously considering a long-term deal from North Melbourne worth up to $1.2 million a season. After missing the Eagles' flag win through suspension, Gaff will travel to Tasmania this week to mull over his future, but a final decision is not believed to be imminent. West Coast has already begun preparing for Lycett's departure, having met with Giants big man Rory Lobb last week. Lobb is contracted for next season but with GWS facing a cap squeeze and Fremantle likely to focus on securing Melbourne spearhead Jesse Hogan, the Eagles appear best placed to acquire the West Australian in a trade. St Kilda's Tom Hickey and Western Bulldog free agent Jordan Roughead are among the other ruck replacements West Coast is considering, while contracted Geelong midfielder Tim Kelly is also squarely on its radar should he seek to return home to Western Australia.

Western Bulldogs

Indicative draft picks: 6, 42, 59, 60, 78

Delisted: Kieran Collins, Nathan Mullenger-McHugh

Retired: Shane Biggs, Jack Redpath, Clay Smith

Unsigned free agents: Luke Dahlhaus, Tom Liberatore, Jordan Roughead

Whispers: Contracted Port Adelaide star Chad Wingard is at the top of the Bulldogs' trade wish list. The Dogs will have to come up with a trade that convinces the Power to let Wingard go with a year remaining on his contract and will face stiff competition, particularly from Hawthorn, to win his signature. But with their first draft pick falling at No.6 – the Hawks hold No.14 – and Wingard's friend and former Port teammate Jackson Trengove already at the Kennel, the Bulldogs appear well placed to get their man. The Dogs are also interested in out-of-contract Richmond forward Sam Lloyd, but appear set to lose Luke Dahlhaus (Geelong) and Jordan Roughead (possibly West Coast) via free agency. The club is in talks to retain fellow free agent Tom Liberatore and is confident a deal can be reached soon. Key defender Marcus Adams, who is contracted until 2020, has yet to officially request a trade but will explore his options at rival clubs, with two Victorian teams already circling. Although there is interest in Western Australia, it’s understood Adams is unlikely to return to his home state.