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Your club's best 22 for 2019

Marcus Adams and Lachie Neale are instant additions to Brisbane's best 22 - AFL,Adelaide Crows,Brisbane Lions,Carlton Blues,Collingwood Magpies,Essendon Bombers,Fremantle Dockers,Geelong Cats,Gold Coast Suns,GWS Giants,Hawthorn Hawks,Melbourne Demons,North Melbourne Kangaroos,Port Adelaide Power,Richmond Tigers,St Kilda Saints,Sydney Swans,West Coast Eagles,Western Bulldogs
Marcus Adams and Lachie Neale are instant additions to Brisbane's best 22

HAS YOUR best line-up changed since the NAB AFL Trade Period?

Our reporters select your club's best 22, assuming everyone on your list is fit and in form.

TRADE TRACKER See every move as it happens

B: Rory Laird, Daniel Talia, Kyle Hartigan
HB: Wayne Milera, Tom Doedee, Brodie Smith
C: Paul Seedsman, Rory Sloane, Rory Atkins
HF: Tom Lynch, Taylor Walker, Richard Douglas
F: Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Jordan Gallucci
FOLL: Sam Jacobs, Matt Crouch, Brad Crouch
I/C: Luke Brown, Bryce Gibbs, Hugh Greenwood, Riley Knight

Despite missing the finals this year, the 2017 grand finallists will put a strong side on the park next season without a massive overhaul. Having midfielder Brad Crouch return from a long-term groin issue will be huge. They've got Alex Keath and Jake Kelly as depth in the defence, veteran David Mackay just misses out, mature-age recruit Shane McAdam and former Richmond small forward Tyson Stengle are waiting in the wings to provide forward pressure while Darcy Fogarty will be better with a full pre-season. All the Crows need now is to move up in the draft and grab one of Jack Lukosius, Izak Rankine or Connor Rozee. - Lee Gaskin   

B: Darcy Gardiner, Harris Andrews, Luke Hodge
HB: Daniel Rich, Marcus Adams, Alex Witherden
C: Tom Cutler, Dayne Zorko, Hugh McCluggage
HF: Lewis Taylor, Eric Hipwood, Cameron Rayner
F: Charlie Cameron, Daniel McStay, Oscar McInerney
FOLL: Stefan Martin, Lachie Neale, Jarrod Berry
I/C: Lincoln McCarthy, Mitch Robinson, Allen Christensen, Nick Robertson

The big departure has been Dayne Beams, but Lachie Neale's arrival will bolster the midfield with experience and talent. Marcus Adams and a fit Lincoln McCarthy should get opportunities early on while Luke Hodge's experience in the back half will remain invaluable. Among those unlucky to miss selection here are Josh Walker, Zac Bailey, Rhys Mathieson and Ryan Lester, but the summer is long and there will be many opportunities players like them to push their case forward. Sam Mayes has departed as well while a fit Charlie Cameron will be a welcome return. - Jennifer Phelan

B: Lachie Plowman, Jacob Weitering, Nic Newman
HB: Kade Simpson, Caleb Marchbank, Sam Docherty
C: Ed Curnow, Paddy Dow, Marc Murphy
HF: Sam Petrevski-Seton, Charlie Curnow, Mitch McGovern
F: Jarrod Pickett, Harry McKay, Alex Fasolo
FOLL: Matthew Kreuzer, Patrick Cripps, Zac Fisher
I/C: Lochie O'Brien, Matthew Kennedy, Dale Thomas, Will Setterfield

All four of Carlton's new recruits will fit in nicely, with Mitch McGovern and Alex Fasolo to join Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay in a promising young forward line and with Nic Newman settling in alongside Kade Simpson and Sam Docherty as the club's running defenders. Will Setterfield will add to the midfield rotations, while draft prospect Sam Walsh would do likewise should he join the Blues as the first pick in the draft. Liam Jones may get forced out of the backline should Carlton have a fully fit list, while Tom Williamson might have to bide his time after missing the entire 2018 season with a back injury. Jack Silvagni is also right on the fringes of the team. - Riley Beveridge

Mitch McGovern will add marking power to Carlton's forward line. Picture: AFL Photos

B: Brayden Maynard, Lynden Dunn, Tom Langdon
HB: Jeremy Howe, Darcy Moore, Jack Crisp
C: Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury, Taylor Adams
HF: Will Hoskin-Elliott, Brody Mihocek, Josh Thomas
F: Jamie Elliott, Mason Cox, Jordan De Goey
FOLL: Brodie Grundy, Dayne Beams, Adam Treloar
I/C: Daniel Wells, Jaidyn Stephenson, Tom Phillips, Tyson Goldsack

Not surprisingly, this was the toughest Collingwood 22 to pick in six or seven years. The strength of the side is shown not only by the class on the field but by those we couldn't squeeze in. Missing from the team that went down to West Coast in the grand final, it pains us to say, are experienced trio Travis Varcoe, Chris Mayne and Levi Greenwood, along with younger runners Brayden Sier and James Aish, while swingman Ben Reid and Matt Scharenberg were also unlucky. With such hot competition for spots, ex-Bulldog Jordan Roughead was also overlooked. The big inclusions are four matchwinners: Darcy Moore at centre half-back, returning star Dayne Beams and veteran Daniel Wells, who further bolster a star-studded midfield, and Jamie Elliott into attack. We can be accused of erring on the side of attacking flair, but so be it. - Ben Collins

B: Conor McKenna, Michael Hurley, Marty Gleeson
HB: Aaron Francis, Cale Hooker, Adam Saad
C: David Zaharakis, Dyson Heppell, Andrew McGrath
HF: Orazio Fantasia, Shaun McKernan, Devon Smith
F: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Joe Daniher, Jake Stringer
FOLL: Tom Bellchambers, Zach Merrett, Dylan Shiel
I/C: Darcy Parish, Kyle Langford, Patrick Ambrose, David Myers

The addition of Dylan Shiel to Essendon's midfield makes the Bombers look a far more formidable line-up. Marty Gleeson should reclaim his spot in the back half after missing all of last season through injury, while Aaron Francis is expected to fill the role vacated by veteran Brendon Goddard at the end of 2018. If Joe Daniher can get back to full fitness after his groin struggles of this season it makes the Bombers' forward half look extremely dangerous, although that second key forward position could be up for grabs between Shaun McKernan, James Stewart and Mitch Brown. - Callum Twomey 

B: Luke Ryan, Joel Hamling, Griffin Logue
HB: Stephen Hill, Alex Pearce, Nathan Wilson
C: Bradley Hill, David Mundy, Ed Langdon
HF: Michael Walters, Matt Taberner, Adam Cerra
F: Rory Lobb, Jesse Hogan, Hayden Ballantyne
FOLL: Aaron Sandilands, Nat Fyfe, Connor Blakely
I/C: Andrew Brayshaw, Reece Conca, Bailey Banfield, Travis Colyer

After a productive NAB AFL Trade Period, there should be genuine pressure for spots next season. Proven marking targets Jesse Hogan and Rory Lobb squeeze out Cam McCarthy and developing Brennan Cox, who might instead compete with Griffin Logue and Taylin Duman as the third tall defender. Sean Darcy is likely to become the lead ruckman in 2019 and is unlucky to miss out here but, as it stands, Aaron Sandilands is still among Freo's most influential players when fit, and Lobb can pinch-hit. Connor Blakely moves from half-back to midfield to cover Lachie Neale's loss. Trade acquisitions Reece Conca and Travis Colyer should slot into the best 22. On talent alone, Brandon Matera should be in the side but hasn't nailed down a spot and, as always, Harley Bennell is the wildcard. – Travis King

Jesse Hogan has finally ended up at Fremantle after a long chase. Picture: AFL Photos

B: Jed Bews, Mark Blicavs, Jack Henry
HB: Zach Tuohy, Lachie Henderson, Tom Stewart
C: Cameron Guthrie, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan
HF: Sam Menegola, Esava Ratugolea, Luke Dahlhaus
F: Brandan Parfitt, Tom Hawkins, Gary Ablett
FOLL: Rhys Stanley, Patrick Dangerfield, Tim Kelly
I/C: Jake Kolodjashnij, Scott Selwood, Lachie Fogarty, Gary Rohan 

Needing forward pressure, Luke Dahlhaus will slot straight into half-forward, while Gary Rohan wasn't recruited from Sydney to play VFL. Harry Taylor, who turns 32 in June, falls out after the sudden rise of Jack Henry and Mark Blicavs in defence, while Jake Kolodjashnij played every game in 2018 and can't be overlooked. The retention of Tim Kelly provides a boost to the midfield, while if Daniel Menzel is kept on, he will have his eyes on Lachie Fogarty's position as a small forward. After another full pre-season, Esava Ratugolea will provide the second target in attack that was lacking in the Cats' elimination final loss to Melbourne. If fit, Nakia Cockatoo and second-year midfielder Charlie Constable will be banging down the door. - Mitch Cleary


B: Jesse Joyce, Rory Thompson, Callum Ah Chee
HB: Pearce Hanley, Jack Hombsch, Jarrod Harbrow
C: Lachie Weller, Anthony Miles, Jack Martin
HF: Josh Corbett, Sam Day, Ben Ainsworth
F: Alex Sexton, Peter Wright, Aaron Young
FOLL:  Jarrod Witts, Touk Miller, David Swallow
I/C: Will Brodie, Jarryd Lyons, Jack Bowes, Nick Holman 

Change is coming on the Gold Coast and spots are well and truly on the line this pre-season. Three newcomers crack this Suns 22, with one-time Cat George Horlin-Smith considered but ultimately just missing out. Brayden Fiorini is dreadfully unlucky, but will play a lot of senior football in 2019. Swingman Chris Burgess and former Docker Sam Collins bolster the club's tall stocks and may come into early contention. Last year's first-round pick Wil Powell, ex-Tiger Corey Ellis and Darcy MacPherson, who is loved internally, are also around the mark. Corbett comes straight in to add marking power to Gold Coast's attack, while Hombsch will provide much-needed support for Thompson. The Suns' competitiveness might come down to whether the remodelled midfield performs and the Wright-Day combination works up forward. - Marc McGowan

B: Heath Shaw, Aidan Corr, Nick Haynes
HB: Zac Williams, Phil Davis, Adam Kennedy
C: Josh Kelly, Callan Ward, Lachie Whitfield
HF: Brett Deledio, Jeremy Cameron, Toby Greene
F: Zac Langdon, Jon Patton, Harry Himmelberg
FOLL: Dawson Simpson, Stephen Coniglio, Jacob Hopper
I/C Tim Taranto, Adam Tomlinson, Matt de Boer, Sam Taylor

The Giants still boast an impressive squad on paper, the biggest question is, can they get and keep these players on the field. The midfield is still quality given Lachie Whitfield can move back to the wing after a brilliant year in defence, and the back half is extremely solid. Dawson Simpson has no back-up at this stage but that could change if Shane Mumford comes out of retirement. Jon Patton won't feature until the second half of the year, and even then his mobility could be an issue. Plenty of scoring responsibility falls on the shoulders of Toby Greene and Jeremy Cameron, so the midfielders will again need to chip in on the scoreboard. - Adam Curley 

B: Blake Hardwick, James Frawley, James Sicily
HB: Grant Birchall, Ben Stratton, Harry Morrison
C: Tom Scully, Tom Mitchell, Isaac Smith
HF: Chad Wingard, Jack Gunston, Shaun Burgoyne
F: Paul Puopolo, Jarryd Roughead, Luke Breust 
FOLL: Ben McEvoy, Jaeger O'Meara, Liam Shiels
I/C: James Worpel, Jarman Impey, Mitch Lewis, Ricky Henderson

When the likes of Daniel Howe, Jon Ceglar, Conor Nash, Teia Miles, Kaiden Brand, David Mirra and Conor Glass – who have all played well at AFL level – don't make the best 22, it means the Hawks will take a reasonable team into next season. A look at this team suggests that the now-departed Ryan Burton won't be such a massive loss. The addition of Tom Scully adds pace and workrate while Chad Wingard, with his X-factor, makes the forward line even more dangerous. We're backing in third-year key forward Mitch Lewis to add another 5kgs to his frame and demand a game and for a fit Grant Birchall to finally re-assume his role as the playmaker off half-back. This will likely not be the round one team given Scully is at long odds to be ready, but it would be a handy line-up to take into a final. - Ashley Browne

Will Chad Wingard recapture his All Australian form at the Hawks? Picture: AFL Photos

B: Oscar McDonald, Steven May, Neville Jetta
HB: Christian Salem, Jake Lever, Michael Hibberd
C: James Harmes, Jack Viney, Kade Kolodjashnij
HF: Alex Neal-Bullen, Sam Weideman, Jake Melksham
F: Charlie Spargo, Tom McDonald, Christian Petracca
FOLL: Max Gawn, Clayton Oliver, Angus Brayshaw
I/C: Nathan Jones, Aaron vandenBerg, Jordan Lewis, Mitch Hannan 

May's arrival gives the Demons a super-strong and versatile back six, but Jesse Hogan's exit means they are placing big faith in Weideman to continue his impressive end to last season. Can Melbourne continue to play veterans Jones and Lewis in the same side? That question will be pondered over the summer and possibly throughout next season, too. They may both start 2019 in the side, but there are others pushing hard. Kolodjashnij comes in ahead of Bayley Fritsch and Billy Stretch, which might be a big call. Jayden Hunt offers line-breaking ability, while Sam Frost, Joel Smith and Josh Wagner are first cabs off the rank in defence. The Dees now have a quality No.2 ruckman in Braydon Preuss, but will he be used alongside Gawn? - Marc McGowan

B: Scott Thompson, Robbie Tarrant, Marley Williams
HB: Aaron Hall, Majak Daw, Jamie Macmillan
C: Jared Polec, Ben Jacobs, Trent Dumont
HF: Shaun Atley, Mason Wood, Jy Simpkin
F: Cameron Zurhaar, Ben Brown, Jack Ziebell
FOLL: Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Shaun Higgins
I/C: Dom Tyson, Luke Davies-Uniacke, Paul Ahern, Jed Anderson 

One word springs to mind: depth. This was an incredibly tough team to pick, with Luke McDonald, Sam Wright, Jasper Pittard, Ed Vickers-Willis, Taylor Garner and Kayne Turner stiff to miss out. All should play plenty of AFL football in 2019 and could easily swap in with similar types and North wouldn't lose anything. The pre-season will sort out many of these individual battles. Some of the midfielders might have to thrive on the flanks to get a game. Will Walker will push for more games, too. Daw looms as an interesting player, with his swingman abilities highly valuable, especially with Jarrad Waite retiring. Daw may slide forward more often to open a spot for promising defender Ben McKay, who simply must get more opportunity next season. - Marc McGowan

B: Darcy Byrne-Jones, Tom Clurey, Ryan Burton
HB: Hamish Hartlett, Tom Jonas, Dan Houston
C: Steven Motlop, Ollie Wines, Justin Westhoff
HF: Travis Boak, Todd Marshall, Sam Gray
F: Scott Lycett, Charlie Dixon, Robbie Gray
FOLL: Paddy Ryder, Tom Rockliff, Brad Ebert
I/C: Joe Atley, Dougal Howard, Sam Powell-Pepper, Jack Watts

It's a new-look Power side after the departures of Jared Polec (North Melbourne) and Chad Wingard (Hawthorn). Scott Lycett provides valuable support to Paddy Ryder in the ruck, while he's shown at West Coast he can also play up forward. Hawks recruit Ryan Burton should slot into defence, however he can also be used on the wing or at half-forward. Youngsters Kane Farrell and Riley Bonner are unlucky to miss out, as is defender Jarrod Lienert, who impressed when he came into the side at the end of last season, while Brisbane recruit Sam Mayes provides depth. With picks five, 10 and 15 in the draft, the Power are targeting speed and outside runners, with the potential of making an immediate impact. - Lee Gaskin

Ryan Burton adds plenty of talent to an underperforming Port side. Picture: AFL Photos

B: Dylan Grimes, David Astbury, Nathan Broad
HB: Jayden Short, Alex Rance, Nick Vlastuin
C: Kamdyn McIntosh, Dustin Martin, Dion Prestia
HF: Shane Edwards, Jack Riewoldt, Josh Caddy
F: Daniel Rioli, Tom Lynch, Dan Butler
FOLL: Toby Nankervis, Trent Cotchin, Kane Lambert
I/C: Jack Higgins, Jack Graham, Bachar Houli, Shaun Grigg

There aren't too many changes to the preliminary final team with just Reece Conca leaving the club all together from that starting 22. Tom Lynch is a walk-up start to the forward line, which sees Josh Caddy pushed to an attacking flank. A fit Dan Butler squeezes in ahead of Jason Castagna, while Nathan Broad was the preferred option over Brandon Ellis in the finals and probably stays in, unless they want more run off half-back. Jacob Townsend remains out of the team and it remains to be seen if he'll get another contract at this stage, while Connor Menadue will likely stay on the fringe for the season's start. - Jennifer Phelan

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B: Jarryn Geary, Nathan Brown, Daniel McKenzie
HB: Dylan Roberton, Jake Carlisle, Jimmy Webster
C: Hunter Clark, Jack Steele, Dan Hannebery
HF: Blake Acres, Tim Membrey, Jack Billings
F: Jade Gresham, Josh Bruce, Jack Lonie
FOLL: Billy Longer, Seb Ross, Jack Steven
I/C: Ben Long, Paddy McCartin, Dean Kent, Shane Savage

The inclusion of Dan Hannebery sees Jack Newnes not in the team, although he'll have high expectations of improving on a disappointing 2018. There's a reasonable chance Josh Battle is picked, but Josh Bruce was selected because he can help out in the ruck. Nick Coffield will be very close as well. Some will want Logan Austin in over Nathan Brown, but the former Magpie has proven reliable in his two seasons at the Saints. Inside midfielders Luke Dunstan and David Armitage will find it tough to win berths as the club is well-stocked in that position, while Jack Sinclair and Rowan Marshall won't be too far away from the 22. - Dinny Navaratnam 

Dan Hannebery is hoping to bounce back from two injury-riddled seasons. Picture: AFL Photos

B: Dane Rampe, Heath Grundy, Nick Smith
HB: Jake Lloyd, Aliir Aliir, Jarrad McVeigh
C: Zak Jones, Josh Kennedy, Oliver Florent
HF: Will Hayward, Sam Reid, George Hewett
F: Tom McCartin, Lance Franklin, Tom Papley
FOLL: Callum Sinclair, Luke Parker, Isaac Heeney
I/C: Callum Mills, Harry Cunningham, Ben Ronke, Lewis Melican

It will be interesting to see how coach John Longmire handles his veterans next year, especially Heath Grundy and Jarrad McVeigh in defence and Kieren Jack, who has a fight on his hands to make this team. Dane Rampe, Aliir Aliir and Lewis Melican might be preferred ahead of Grundy, but a good pre-season is likely to see him start the year, while McVeigh's body will dictate his season. Callum Sinclair in the ruck gives the team more offence than Sam Naismith, but if Sam Reid's injury worries continue, Sinclair could go forward. Callum Mills off the bench adds to the midfield rotation in place of the departed Dan Hannebery. - Adam Curley

B: Tom Cole, Tom Barrass, Brad Sheppard
HB: Shannon Hurn, Jeremy McGovern, Lewis Jetta
C: Andrew Gaff, Elliot Yeo, Chris Masten
HF: Jamie Cripps, Jack Darling, Dom Sheed
F: Willie Rioli, Josh Kennedy, Liam Ryan
FOLL: Nic Naitanui, Jack Redden, Luke Shuey
I/C: Mark Hutchings, Nathan Vardy, Liam Duggan, Will Schofield

It remains to be seen when Nic Naitanui will get back from his knee reconstruction in 2019, if at all, but for the purpose of this exercise he leads the ruck and ex-St Kilda big man Tom Hickey misses out. Grand Final heroes Dom Sheed and Will Schofield can't possibly be left out of this 22, even with Andrew Gaff and Brad Sheppard returning. It means speedy youngster Daniel Venables misses, but he will play plenty of senior football next year, eventually pushing for midfield time and adding depth alongside Brendon Ah Chee and Brayden Ainsworth. Mobile young talls Oscar Allen and Jake Waterman will be eyeing retired Mark LeCras' forward line spot, while Jarrod Brander won't be far off selection at either end. – Travis King

B: Dale Morris, Aaron Naughton, Easton Wood
HB: Hayden Crozier, Zaine Cordy, Bailey Williams
C: Lachie Hunter, Josh Dunkley, Jason Johannisen
HF: Toby McLean, Tom Boyd, Ed Richards
F: Liam Picken, Josh Schache, Billy Gowers
FOLL: Tim English, Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae
I/C: Mitch Wallis, Matt Suckling, Caleb Daniel, Jackson Trengove

Still unsigned, Tom Liberatore will get another deal but will need to show he's committed and over his knee reconstruction. If Liam Picken fully recovers from his concussion issues, he's an automatic selection. Recruits Sam Lloyd and Taylor Duryea will provide depth but won't be walk-up starts. Another veteran, Tory Dickson, is unlucky to miss selection as well. With Tom Boyd to play predominately forward, Jackson Trengove will once again be 'Mr Fix it', performing roles all over the ground with Tim English the No.1 ruckman. Look for Lewis Young and Brad Lynch to play bigger roles in defence despite missing selection in this side. - Ryan Davidson