St Kilda players run out for their elimination final with the Western Bulldogs at the Gabba on October 3. Picture: Getty Images

WITH the Trade Period done and dusted, there will be plenty of fresh faces running around for your team in 2021.

So who gets the nod? Who's on the bench? Who misses out?

Here's how our reporters see your club's line-up for next season assuming everyone is available, except for long-term injured players. 

*players in italics are new to the club

The rebuild is on and this 22 reflects the focus on youth under coach Matthew Nicks, with Lachlan ShollWill Hamill and Shane McAdam all selected after making their debuts in 2020. Jackson Hately, who the Crows have committed to taking in the Pre-Season Draft, and former Lion Ben Keays are named on the bench but should be prominent members of the midfield rotation, alongside former defender Rory Laird, who is named onball. A big pre-season could see promising midfielder Harry Schoenberg established in the 22 quickly, likewise competitive midfielder/forward Ned McHenry. – Nathan Schmook

B: Luke Brown, Daniel Talia, Tom Doedee 
HB: Andrew McPherson, Fischer McAsey, Wayne Milera
C: Brodie Smith, Rory Sloane, Will Hamill 
HF: Lachlan Sholl, Darcy Fogarty, Tom Lynch
F: Shane McAdam, Elliott Himmelberg, Chayce Jones   
Foll: Reilly O'Brien, Matt Crouch, Rory Laird
I/C: Ben Keays, Jackson Hately, Taylor Walker, Jake Kelly

EMERG: Harry Schoenberg, David Mackay, Tyson Stengle, Ned McHenry 


A reasonably settled line-up following two years in the finals, but the Lions have some tinkering to do and decisions to make. Joe Daniher's acquisition means they'll go with three genuine talls in the forward line, with Daniher to support Oscar McInerney with a few minutes in the ruck. The big questions revolve around defence and the midfield. Grant Birchall should be eased out of the 22 to make way for incoming Nakia Cockatoo, while it wouldn't surprise to see Brandon Starcevich move his bigger frame into the midfield at some stage, but perhaps not in 2021. Jack Payne and Marcus Adams would vie for a third tall defender in certain match-ups, while reliable Mitch Robinson and Ryan Lester have players nipping at their heels and will need to hit the season at their best. – Michael Whiting

B: Brandon Starcevich, Harris Andrews, Noah Answerth
HB: Daniel Rich, Darcy Gardiner, Nakia Cockatoo
C: Mitch Robinson, Jarryd Lyons, Hugh McCluggage
HF: Cam Rayner, Dan McStay, Lincoln McCarthy
F: Charlie Cameron, Joe Daniher, Eric Hipwood
Foll: Oscar McInerney, Lachie Neale, Dayne Zorko
I/C: Ryan Lester, Callum Ah Chee, Jarrod Berry, Zac Bailey

EMERG: Jack Payne, Rhys Mathieson, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Keidean Coleman


Carlton adds much-needed speed to its side through Adam Saad and Zac Williams, the latter of which has been earmarked for more midfield time at Ikon Park. However, that's likely to keep first-round picks like Paddy Dow, Lochie O'Brien, Liam Stocker, David Cuningham and Sam Philp out of the team. Tom De Koning looks likely to edge ahead of Marc Pittonet in the ruck, with Caleb Marchbank's return from a season on the sidelines pushing him ahead of Tom Williamson and Nic Newman. Fellow first-round selection Brodie Kemp is nearing a return from a long-term knee injury and is being trained as an intercept defender, but it would take a lot for him to crack a full-strength lineup. Charlie Curnow is not considered for selection following his latest knee setback. - Riley Beveridge

B: Sam Docherty, Jacob Weitering, Lachie Plowman
Sam Petrevski-Seton, Liam Jones, Adam Saad
Marc Murphy, Patrick Cripps, Zac Williams
Jack Martin, Harry McKay, Zac Fisher
Mitch McGovern, Levi Casboult, Eddie Betts
Tom De Koning, Will Setterfield, Sam Walsh
Caleb Marchbank, Jack Newnes, Ed Curnow, Michael Gibbons

Emerg: Tom Williamson, Lachie Fogarty, Marc Pittonet, Paddy Dow


The midfield looks an awful lot more threadbare following the off-season departures of Adam Treloar, Tom Phillips and Jaidyn Stephenson. Expect it to mean more onball time for the likes of Jamie Elliott and the Brown brothers, while Brayden Sier and Rupert Wills could also see more opportunity as inside players. Jeremy Howe will return from a long-term knee injury to push Jack Madgen out of the frame, while Will Kelly could also challenge Mason Cox and Darcy Cameron for more game time in the forward line after recovering from an elbow injury. The Pies currently have two first-round picks, and access to Next Generation Academy speedster Reef McInnes, so expect this team to change even further after December's NAB AFL Draft. – Riley Beveridge

B: Jack Crisp, Jordan Roughead, Brayden Maynard
Isaac Quaynor, Darcy Moore, Jeremy Howe
Chris Mayne, Scott Pendlebury, Josh Daicos
Tyler Brown, Brody Mihocek, Will Hoskin-Elliott
Jordan De Goey, Mason Cox, Jamie Elliott
Brodie Grundy, Taylor Adams, Steele Sidebottom
Callum Brown, Brayden Sier, John Noble, Levi Greenwood

Emerg: Josh Thomas, Will Kelly, Rupert Wills, Jack Madgen


The Bombers lost more than they gained in the Trade Period, but have ended up with three top-10 picks at the draft. In an ideal world, at least a couple of them will be ready to play at the start of next year and be in Essendon's best side. Some Essendon veterans will need to perform at a high level if they're going to retain vital roles on the field next year. Captain Dyson Heppell is one of them, with a growing midfield of younger players now the core there, while Cale Hooker was dropped late in the season and the Bombers want to give more time to Brandon Zerk-Thatcher. Hooker may have to go forward to keep his spot in the starting 18. Recruit Jye Caldwell will be in, as will Peter Wright as Essendon searches for a key target in attack, while former Saint Nick Hind's pace could be added across half-back to replace the departed Adam Saad and Conor McKenna. – Callum Twomey

B: Mason Redman, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, Patrick Ambrose
HB: Jordan Ridley, Michael Hurley, Nick Hind
C: Darcy Parish, Zach Merrett, Jye Caldwell
HF: Jake Stringer, James Stewart, Devon Smith
F: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Peter Wright, David Zaharakis
Foll: Sam Draper, Andrew McGrath, Dylan Shiel
I/C: Dyson Heppell, Kyle Langford, Cale Hooker, Matt Guelfi

EMERG: Martin Gleeson, Aaron Francis, Jayden Laverde, Will Snelling


Omitting Brennan Cox after he stepped up in 2020 is the most difficult call of this 22. The tall defender is forced out by returning pair Alex Pearce and Joel Hamling and can't be squeezed into attack with the move of Nat Fyfe forward. The young midfielders have been given the keys, with veteran David Mundy on the bench, despite the outstanding football he continued to produce in 2020. Connor Blakely has the talent to break in but knows others are ahead of him and needs a big summer of skills work. Griffin Logue is unlucky to be edged out by Ethan Hughes, whose reliable lockdown work was underrated in 2020. Reece Conca has more versatility at this point and gets the nod on the bench. Look for Logue to produce a big summer and push for selection in other roles. – Nathan Schmook

B: Luke Ryan, Joel Hamling, Ethan Hughes  
HB: Hayden Young, Alex Pearce, Nathan Wilson  
C: Blake Acres, Andrew Brayshaw, Adam Cerra
HF: Michael Walters, Matt Taberner, Nat Fyfe
F: Sam Sturt, Rory Lobb, Lachie Schultz
Foll: Sean Darcy, Caleb Serong, Darcy Tucker  
I/C: David Mundy, James Aish, Reece Conca, Liam Henry 

EMERG: Brennan Cox, Griffin Logue, Stephen Hill, Brett Bewley


Might just be the toughest line-up to break into in 2021. Shaun Higgins replaces Gary Ablett at half-forward and Isaac Smith slots onto a wing as Mark Blicavs returns into defence to cover the retirement of Harry Taylor. From the Grand Final line-up, Sam Simpson is the unlucky one who makes way for Jeremy Cameron. But along with Jordan Clark, Simpson will be in the frame for round one selection with pressure on Gary RohanGryan Miers and Luke DahlhausPatrick Dangerfield has been named forward – largely due to Mitch Duncan's increased role as an inside midfielder in the second half of 2020. But expect Dangerfield to spend big minutes as an onballer given there will be less reliance on him in attack. Cooper Stephens and Brad Close are others who can't be forgotten. – Mitch Cleary 

B: Jed Bews, Lachie Henderson, Jake Kolodjashnij 
HB: Mark O'Connor, Mark Blicavs, Tom Stewart 
C: Sam Menegola, Cameron Guthrie, Isaac Smith
HF: Shaun HigginsJeremy Cameron, Brandan Parfitt
F: Patrick Dangerfield, Tom Hawkins, Luke Dahlhaus
Foll: Rhys Stanley, Mitch Duncan, Joel Selwood
I/C: Zach Tuohy, Gryan Miers, Jack Henry, Gary Rohan

EMERG: Sam Simpson, Jordan Clark, Tom Atkins, Esava Ratugolea


The Suns' best team is starting to look a little more rounded. The additions of Oleg Markov and Rory Atkins gives them some much-needed speed, although it might come at the expense of veteran Jarrod Harbrow, who battled with injury and inconsistent form last season. Matt Rowell is like a fresh addition coming off his long-term shoulder injury and tops off a midfield that did well for most of 2020. Alex Sexton was dropped twice last season and will want to start well. - Michael Whiting

B: Connor Budarick, Sam Collins, Jack Lukosius
HB: Oleg Markov, Charlie Ballard, Jack Bowes
C: Brandon Ellis, Hugh Greenwood, Rory Atkins
HF: Ben Ainsworth, Sam Day, David Swallow
F: Izak Rankine, Ben King, Alex Sexton
Foll: Jarrod Witts, Matt Rowell, Lachie Weller
I/C: Wil Powell, Noah Anderson, Touk Miller, Sam Flanders

EMERG: Jarrod Harbrow, Brayden Fiorini, Darcy Macpherson, Nick Holman


Despite a trade and free agency period in which they lost six players, the Giants still have an excellent team when everyone's available. The backline is settled, while the addition of Braydon Preuss in the ruck should add some starch to a talented midfield. The forward mix will be interesting, with Jesse Hogan coming in. It's hard to see the Giants going with four talls though, which means either Jeremy Finlayson or Harry Himmelberg might miss out with impressive Jake Riccardi in the frame. – Michael Whiting

B: Adam Kennedy, Phil Davis, Sam Taylor
HB: Lachie Ash, Nick Haynes, Lachie Whitfield
C: Josh Kelly, Tim Taranto, Harry Perryman
HF: Toby Greene, Jesse Hogan, Matt de Boer
F: Bobby Hill, Jeremy Finlayson, Jake Riccardi
Foll: Braydon Preuss, Jacob Hopper, Stephen Coniglio
I/C: Isaac Cumming, Callan Ward, Tom Green, Brent Daniels

EMERG: Sam Reid, Xavier O'Halloran, Harry Himmelberg, Daniel Lloyd


Hawthorn's backline will receive a vital boost via the acquisition of former Crow Kyle Hartigan, having lost James Sicily to a long-term knee injury and former captain Ben Stratton and premiership player James Frawley to retirement. If Jarman Impey can return to form following his time out of the game, that will be an additional positive. Tom Phillips will add more run on a wing, while Jon Patton's return from injury could provide more firepower up forward. However, with Jack Gunston, Tim O'Brien and Mitch Lewis also there – and with Jon Ceglar waiting in reserve – one tall might have to drop out. Expect that to initially be Lewis. The Hawks have the No.4 pick in the upcoming NAB AFL Draft, and also have access to Next Generation Academy talent Connor Downie, so this team could have more additions come December. - Riley Beveridge

B: Blake Hardwick, Kyle Hartigan, Damon Greaves
Jarman Impey, Sam Frost, Jack Scrimshaw
Will Day, Tom Mitchell, Tom Phillips
HF: Jack Gunston, Tim O'Brien, Shaun Burgoyne
F: Chad Wingard, Jon Patton, Luke Breust
Foll: Ben McEvoy, James Worpel, Jaeger O'Meara
I/C: Changkuoth Jiath, Tom Scully, James Cousins, Liam Shiels

Emerg: Dan Howe, Jon Ceglar, Mitch Lewis, Harry Morrison


The addition of Ben Brown from North will give Melbourne's forward line a different look, particularly if Luke Jackson can build on the promising start to his career. That leaves 2018 breakout star Tom McDonald in limbo after the club tried – and failed – to find him a new home. Adam Tomlinson looks best suited to a key role in defence, leaving a wing spot open that can be filled by James Harmes after he failed to fire in the backline in 2020. With speed and skill set to be a priority, Jayden Hunt adds pace on an attacking flank, while Charlie Spargo provides forward nous and pressure. Look for athletic wingman Oskar Baker to push into the side early in the season, but much-loved warriors Nathan Jones and Neville Jetta seem best suited to providing squad depth these days. Harry Petty and Marty Hore will add competition for places in defence, assuming their return to fitness after injury-ruined seasons. - Michael Rogers

B: Jake Lever, Steven May, Michael Hibberd 
HB: Trent Rivers, Adam Tomlinson, Christian Salem 
C: James Harmes, Angus Brayshaw, Ed Langdon
HF: Jayden Hunt, Sam Weideman, Christian Petracca 
F: Kozzy Pickett, Ben Brown, Bayley Fritsch
R: Max Gawn, Clayton Oliver, Jack Viney
I/C: Luke Jackson, Charlie Spargo, Aaron vandenBerg, Jake Melksham

Emerg: Oskar Baker, Jay Lockhart, Nathan Jones, Tom Sparrow 


After landing Jaidyn Stephenson, the forward line instantly looks stronger. Have gone smaller to allow Cam Zurhaar or Jack Ziebell to play the more traditional full-forward role, while Josh Walker is on the bench with the flexibility to play at either end. The midfield depth is taking shape, and while Flynn Perez will be close, the early draftees (currently No.2 and 11) should be pressing for early games. Ex-Dog Lachie Young slots into a defensive role, while Aidan Corr can play small or tall. Taylor Garner and recruit Atu Bosenavulagi will be in the conversation but have been left off the emergencies with others ahead of them, while talls Charlie Comben and Tristan Xerri will be hoping for big summers to put their names up in lights. – Mitch Cleary

B: Lachie Young, Ben McKay, Aidan Corr
HB: Shaun Atley, Robbie Tarrant, Luke McDonald
C: Trent Dumont, Jed Anderson, Jared Polec 
HF: Tarryn Thomas, Nick Larkey, Luke Davies-Uniacke
F: Jack Ziebell, Cam Zurhaar, Jaidyn Stephenson
Foll: Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Jy Simpkin
I/C: Josh Walker, Bailey Scott, Curtis Taylor, Kyron Hayden

EMERG: Flynn Perez, Aaron Hall, Jack Mahony, Kayne Turner


An already outstanding defence has been boosted by the addition of Aliir Aliir, while fellow recruit Orazio Fantasia joins a forward line that should see young stars Connor Rozee and Zak Butters rotating midfield more often in 2021. Exciting forward Mitch Georgiades could easily break in with a big summer as the Power balance the tall mix around Charlie Dixon. Important pair Sam Powell-Pepper and Dan Houston are named on the bench and can play a variety of positions. – Nathan Schmook

B: Tom Jonas, Tom Clurey, Trent McKenzie  
HB: Darcy Byrne-Jones, Aliir Aliir, Hamish Hartlett 
C: Xavier Duursma, Tom Rockliff, Karl Amon
HF: Connor Rozee, Todd Marshall, Zak Butters 
F: Orazio Fantasia, Charlie Dixon, Robbie Gray    
Foll: Scott Lycett, Travis Boak, Ollie Wines  
I/C: Peter Ladhams, Sam Powell-Pepper, Dan Houston, Ryan Burton

EMERG: Mitch Georgiades, Steven Motlop, Boyd Woodcock, Jarrod Lienert


Why mess with what works? The Tigers are a strong chance to become the first premiership side to play together after a flag, with traded players Oleg Markov and Jack Higgins not having been in the 22. Richmond didn't bring in any new players over the Trade Period, and Ivan Soldo will be out for most, if not all, of 2021 with a torn ACL. The only addition is Patrick Naish as an emergency – who has the capability to play off half-back – taking the spot of Markov. Jack Ross, Thomson Dow and Riley Collier-Dawkins wait in the wings beyond the 26. – Sarah Black

B: David Astbury, Dylan Grimes, Noah Balta
HB: Nick Vlastuin, Bachar Houli, Jayden Short
C: Kamdyn McIntosh, Dion Prestia, Marlion Pickett
HF: Jason Castagna, Dustin Martin, Kane Lambert
F: Jack Riewoldt, Tom Lynch, Daniel Rioli
Foll: Toby Nankervis, Trent Cotchin, Shane Edwards
I/C: Shai Bolton, Liam Baker, Nathan Broad, Jack Graham

Emerg: Josh Caddy, Mabior Chol, Jake Aarts, Patrick Naish


The big omission is Jarryn Geary, but if everyone is available then the veteran warrior is no longer a walk-up start. The 32-year-old was already squeezed out of the backline this year and while he did have some success as a defensive forward, the Saints now have better attacking options in their front six. Jack Sinclair is another unlucky one to miss, but Josh Battle is preferred on the bench given his versatility to play tall and at either end of the ground. Recruits Brad Crouch and Jack Higgins slot straight in, although Crouch will miss the first two games of 2021 through suspension. The midfield is now stacked with plenty of experience, but expect young stars Hunter Clark, Jade Gresham and Higgins to still get plenty of opportunities through the middle. There's still plenty of talent in reserve with the likes of Jack Lonie, Luke Dunstan, Jimmy Webster and Dylan Roberton all waiting in the wings. This is a team that has enough depth to build on this year's return to finals and challenge for a top-four spot in 2021. - Ben Sutton

B: Ben Paton, Dougal Howard, Callum Wilkie
HB: Nick Coffield, Jake Carlisle, Hunter Clark
C: Bradley Hill, Brad Crouch, Dan Hannebery
HF: Jade Gresham, Tim Membrey, Jack Billings
F: Dan Butler, Max King, Rowan Marshall
Foll: Paddy Ryder, Jack Steele, Zak Jones
I/C: Seb Ross, Ben Long, Jack Higgins, Josh Battle

Emerg: Jarryn Geary, Jack Sinclair, Dean Kent, Shaun McKernan


John Longmire is reluctant to play two ruckmen so it will be fascinating to see if that philosophy changes now that the Swans have lost Aliir Aliir. Sam Reid and Tom McCartin can pinch-hit in there and even Jordan Dawson has had a go, so with the acquisition of Tom Hickey from West Coast, bad news could be heading Callum Sinclair's way when Lance Franklin and Reid are both fit. McCartin is an obvious choice to replace Aliir in the back six which is a settled group. With Franklin and Isaac Heeney returning, the front six also picks itself. Lewis Melican, Ryan Clarke, and Justin McInerney keep their spots after strong finishes to 2020, and it's clearly worth getting games into the highly rated Dylan Stephens ahead of Lewis Taylor, Sam Gray and co. Sam Naismith (ACL) is still on Sydney's list but wasn't considered due to this significant injury and Elijah Taylor was also not considered with his future unclear. Due to his versatility, Robbie Fox gets the nod ahead of others for an emergency spot, and we've named promising youngster Will Gould as an emergency too (because he has talent, and we're sure to see him at AFL level soon). – Cameron Noakes

B: Jake Lloyd, Dane Rampe, Harry Cunningham 
HB: Callum Mills, Tom McCartin, Jordan Dawson
C: Ollie Florent, Josh Kennedy, Justin McInerny
HF: Nick Blakey, Sam Reid, Isaac Heeney
F: Tom Papley, Lance Franklin, Will Hayward
Foll: Tom Hickey, Luke Parker, James Rowbottom
I/C: George Hewett, Lewis Melican, Ryan Clarke, Dylan Stephens

Emerg: Callum Sinclair, Robbie Fox, James Bell, Will Gould


Trade acquisition Zac Langdon fills an immediate need as a small pressure forward, while Alex Witherden is being backed here to break into the 22. There is serious competition for spots in defence, however, with Tom ColeJackson NelsonJarrod Brander and Josh Rotham all looking to make their mark. The Eagles face a balancing act as talented tall Oscar Allen grows in prominence as a forward and ruckman Bailey Williams pushes for selection as back-up to Nic Naitanui. Versatile Brendon Ah Chee played 16 games in 2020 but is squeezed out of a full-strength team. Willie Rioli (provisional suspension) and Daniel Venables (concussion) are not considered due to their circumstances. – Nathan Schmook

B: Tom Cole, Tom Barrass, Brad Sheppard  
HB: Liam Duggan, Jeremy McGovern, Shannon Hurn 
C: Andrew Gaff, Elliot Yeo, Dom Sheed 
HF: Jamie Cripps, Jack Darling, Zac Langdon  
F: Oscar Allen, Josh Kennedy, Liam Ryan  
Foll: Nic Naitanui, Tim Kelly, Luke Shuey  
I/C: Jackson Nelson, Jack Redden, Jake Waterman, Alex Witherden  

EMERG: Brendon Ah Chee, Jarrod Brander, Josh Rotham, Bailey Williams


With the addition of Adam Treloar, return of Josh Dunkley and continued growth of Bailey Smith, it's going to be jam-packed midfield. It could see Marcus Bontempelli play more minutes forward (just like Nat Fyfe) and Jack Macrae used on a wing. Stefan Martin gets the nod as No.1 ruck, while Tim English's flexibility to play forward squeezes him in. Mitch Hannan slots into a pocket, while Josh Bruce will be keen for a big off-season with the impending arrival of Next Generation Academy gun Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, who should play early. Laitham Vandermeer is incredibly unlucky but is next cab off the rank, while Rhylee West and Sam Lloyd will be also in the conversation despite being overlooked in the emergencies. Toby McLean will miss most of the year with his ACL. – Mitch Cleary 

B: Easton Wood, Zaine Cordy, Hayden Crozier
HB: Jason Johannisen, Alex Keath, Caleb Daniel 
C: Jack Macrae, Tom Liberatore, Lachie Hunter
HF: Marcus Bontempelli, Josh Bruce, Josh Dunkley
F: Mitch Hannan, Aaron Naughton, Mitch Wallis
Foll: Stefan MartinAdam Treloar, Bailey Smith
I/C: Tim English, Bailey Williams, Ed Richards, Patrick Lipinski

EMERG: Laitham Vandermeer, Bailey Dale, Cody Weightman, Ryan Gardner