GUN MIDFIELDER Jarryd Lyons is locked in at Brisbane for next year, with the potential first-time best and fairest winner scrubbed off the AFL's free agency list.
Richmond, too, has quietly agreed to a new deal for triple premiership player Jack Riewoldt, who has signed a one-year contract extension.
Clubs were sent the release on Friday, which is the first official time this year's group of free agents have been supplied by the League.
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Lyons, who is in contention for his first Therabody AFL All-Australian jumper after a magnificent season, was due to come out of contract at the end of this year but has reached a trigger to be at Brisbane next season.
The former Gold Coast and Adelaide midfielder has been a revelation since he joined the Lions at the end of 2018 as a delisted free agent, which made him eligible again for free agency this season with his initial three-year deal due to expire.
Several other players have been wiped off the free agency list since AFL.com.au's latest update in May, with Fremantle's Ethan Hughes agreeing to a three-year contract at the Dockers and Matt De Boer signing on for another season at the Giants.
The Tigers have not yet announced Riewoldt's extension through to the end of 2022, but the three-time Coleman medallist has added another year to his brilliant career at Punt Road.
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It follows Shane Edwards' re-signing for 2022, which was recently revealed by AFL.com.au's Inside Trading.
Richmond still has premiership players David Astbury, Bachar Houli and Kamdyn McIntosh as unrestricted free agents this year, while the Tigers' free agency list has grown in recent weeks after the addition of Matthew Parker through the mid-season rookie draft. The former Saint qualifies after being previously delisted by St Kilda.
As reported by AFL.com.au last month, there are only a smattering of restricted free agents left unsigned this year, headed by Bomber Zach Merrett, Carlton's Patrick Cripps, Greater Western Sydney's Josh Kelly and Saint Jack Billings. Sydney's George Hewett is also among the restricted free agents, meaning the Swans can match a bid on him if they want to retain him at the end of the season.
A restricted free agent is a player in the top 25 per cent paid players at their club this year where they have been for eight or nine years.
It does not take into account the average salary of a player across his contract but simply the number of his final-year money, meaning some players can be lifted due to back-ending of deals or deferments of payments.
Unrestricted free agents are able to walk to the club of their choice and are players outside their top 25 per cent paid players in their eighth or ninth seasons, have been at their club for 10 years or more or have been previously delisted, such as Carlton's Matt Kennedy.
Geelong gun Cam Guthrie, Port Adelaide champion Robbie Gray, Western Bulldogs premiership star Tom Liberatore and North Melbourne midfielder Trent Dumont are among the notable unrestricted free agents left unsigned.
The total player payments changes established by the AFL in last year's post-season saw clubs given a range of options to reduce payments for 2021.
Clubs adopted with some variation different methodology for the payments, including deferrals, some of which saw clubs push money into the 2022 cap or beyond, of which the Giants have done with former skipper Phil Davis. It means he does not appear on the free agency list, with discussions likely later on in the season for his next deal once he returns to the field.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
Matt Crouch (Adelaide Crows)
Patrick Cripps (Carlton)
Zach Merrett (Essendon)
Josh Kelly (GWS Giants)
Jack Billings (St Kilda)
George Hewett (Sydney Swans)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
Brendon Ah Chee*^
* Previously delisted
^ Previously qualified as Free Agent
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