EVERY year, fans dread their best players leaving via trade or free agency.

But does it really matter? Or does history suggest teams can actually improve once their superstars depart?

WHO'S MOVING? All the latest trade and contract news

On this week's episode of AFL Exchange, the team looks at what the form guide suggests ... from Tim Kelly, to Gary Ablett, to Lance Franklin.

There's plenty more to discuss, including which teams have wasted their seasons, Hawthorn's next captain and the biggest 2021 'pre-agents'.

ARE THEY GETTABLE? Meet 2020's 'pre-agents'

Episode guide

3.30: Which clubs have wasted their 2020 season?

10.00: Who is Hawthorn's next captain?

13.00: Which 'pre-agents' should we be keeping an eye on?

16.40: We look at the Things That Should Happen.

22.30: Which team has gotten better after a star has left?

27.50: The players who still need a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination.

32.55: We look at the unique jumper numbers in the AFL.

38.40: We find an answer to footy's strangest question: what's up with the unicorns?