ADELAIDE

Billy Frampton: Starved of opportunities at Port Adelaide, where he played mainly as a key forward, the athletic ruckman secured a trade move across town to the Crows. He will be expected to challenge Reilly O'Brien for the No.1 ruck role following Sam Jacobs' departure to Greater Western Sydney.

BRISBANE

Brandon Starcevich: A serious hamstring injury put Starcevich behind the eightball early last year, but a strong preparation over summer should have the tough midfielder primed to have a big impact in 2020. He will be a valuable addition to the Lions' onball division.

CARLTON

Jack Martin: Arrived at Carlton later than expected via the pre-season draft following a failed trade bid, but the change of scenery could be the platform the former Gold Coast livewire needs to fulfil his potential. Shapes as a genuine A-grader if everything clicks.

COLLINGWOOD

Rupert Wills: The inside midfielder grabbed his chance in the senior team late last season and saved his career in the process. He enjoyed his longest stint in AFL ranks, playing six consecutive matches, including both finals, to earn a new one-year contract.

ESSENDON

Brandon Zerk-Thatcher: The promising young defender signed a two-year contract extension in March and made his AFL debut in round 22 last year after strong form at VFL level. He will add height and athleticism to the Bombers' back six.

FREMANTLE

Hayden Young: The No.7 draft pick's strong running and elite left-foot kick should ensure he gets plenty of chances at the top level in a regenerating Fremantle side this season. Expected to settle well after moving to WA with good mate and fellow Vic Country product Caleb Serong.

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GEELONG

Nathan Kreuger: Key-position player didn't get a look-in at senior level last year but impressed in VFL ranks and looks ready to step up when required. Athletic and can play at either end of the ground, but looks most at home in attack, where he could be a foil for Tom Hawkins and Esava Ratugolea.

GOLD COAST

Matt Rowell: Last year it was Sam Walsh, this year it's Matt Rowell. The No.1 draft pick is considered a ready-made player and is expected to slot straight into the Suns midfield alongside close friend and junior teammate Noah Anderson.

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GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

Bobby Hill: Exciting runner played eight games in the back half of 2019 but was left out of the Grand Final team when Lachie Whitfield and Toby Greene returned. Ready to step up and weave his magic as a small forward after signing a contract extension.

HAWTHORN

Changkuoth Jiath: Tipped as one to watch at the Hawks after joining a growing band of players with a South Sudanese background to break through for an AFL debut last season. Has impressed with his hard running and tackling, primarily in the back half of the ground.

MELBOURNE

Luke Jackson: There are already huge expectations for the athletic No.3 draft pick, who has been likened to a next-generation Nic Naitanui. Could help the Demons sort out their key forward issues as he develops his ruck craft underneath premier big man Max Gawn.

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NORTH MELBOURNE

Aiden Bonar: Managed just six games in two seasons at GWS but boasts a powerfully built frame and is quick off the mark. Best known for his contested work and tackling, and could be a very handy addition to the Kangaroos forward line or midfield.

PORT ADELAIDE

Todd Marshall: The 21-year-old key forward was the Power's top draft pick in 2016 but is yet to play more than 10 games in a season. He should see more chances at the top level after Paddy Ryder's departure from a team that is crying out for reliable talls in attack.

RICHMOND

Marlion Pickett: The mature-age recruit produced an unforgettable debut on Grand Final day, when he almost claimed the Norm Smith Medal. Clearly belongs at the top level and will get plenty more opportunities to shine on the big stage.

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ST KILDA

Max King: Highly rated key forward had a late start in 2019 because of a knee reconstruction and played just five VFL games last year before suffering an ankle syndesmosis injury. Expect him to debut early in 2020 as he develops his game under new Saints off-field acquisition Jarryd Roughead.

SYDNEY

Dylan Stephens: Already likened to Josh Kelly and Andrew Gaff, the highly regarded running machine was the Swans' top pick (No.5 overall) at the draft. He should get plenty of chances to showcase his talent in a regenerating Sydney team.

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WEST COAST

Francis Watson: Originally a Next Generation Academy rookie selection, the skillful backman has now been elevated to the senior list after two games in three seasons. Impressed in the WAFL with his speed and precise ball-use off half-back.

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Alex Keath: Made big strides with Adelaide in the first half of 2019 and was targeted at the trade table by the Bulldogs as a player who could fill a gaping hole in defence. The Dogs showed their faith in the soon-to-be 28-year-old by handing him a bumper three-year deal, with an option for a fourth season.