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.  

Jarryd Lyons of the Lions poses with the Marcus Ashcroft Medal after round nine, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

Several other players have been wiped off the free agency list since'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'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 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.

Zach Merrett in action against Richmond in round 12, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

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.


Matt Crouch (Adelaide Crows) 
Patrick Cripps (Carlton)
Zach Merrett (Essendon)
Josh Kelly (GWS Giants)
Jack Billings (St Kilda)
George Hewett (Sydney Swans)



David Mackay*^ 
Taylor Walker 
Daniel Talia 
Thomas Lynch 
Jake Kelly 
Ben Davis* 


Archie Smith* 
Mitchell Robinson* 
Rhys Mathieson* 
Connor Ballenden* 
Grant Birchall*^ 


Marc Murphy 
Levi Casboult 
Edward Betts*^ 
Edward Curnow 
Matthew Kennedy* 
Oscar McDonald* 


Scott Pendlebury 
Josh Thomas* 
Chris Mayne^

Scott Pendlebury leads the Pies out ahead of the clash against Adelaide in round 12, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos


Cale Hooker 
David Zaharakis 
Martin Gleeson*^ 
Patrick Ambrose 
Dylan Clarke* 
Will Snelling*^ 


David Mundy^ 
Stephen Hill 
Bailey Banfield* 
Brett Bewley* 
Reece Conca^ 
Lachlan Schultz* 


Joel Selwood 
Cameron Guthrie 
Jed Bews 
Lachlan Henderson*^ 
Oscar Brownless* 

Geelong captain Joel Selwood after the Cats' win over Port Adelaide in round 13, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos


Sam Day 
Jarrod Harbrow*^ 
Sean Lemmens 
Zac Smith* 
Nick Holman* 
Jack Hombsch* 
Jordan Murdoch* 
Jacob Townsend*^ 


Matthew Buntine*
Sam Reid*^
Daniel Lloyd*
Zachary Sproule*^
Jake Stein*


Shaun Burgoyne 
Tim O'Brien 
Dylan Moore* 
Keegan Brooksby*^ 
Michael Hartley*^ 


Nathan Jones 
Neville Jetta* 
Aaron Nietschke* 
Mitchell Brown*^ 
Majak Daw*^ 


Robbie Tarrant 
Jack Ziebell 
Shaun Atley 
Taylor Garner^ 
Trent Dumont 
Kyron Hayden*^ 
William Walker* 
Tom Campbell* 
Joshua Walker*^ 
Connor Menadue* 

Trent Dumont at North Melbourne training in June, 2021. Picture AFL Photos


Robert Gray 
Hamish Hartlett 
Steven Motlop^ 
Tom Rockliff^ 
Boyd Woodcock*^ 
Tyson Goldsack^ 


David Astbury 
Bachar Houli^ 
Kamdyn McIntosh 
Mabior Chol* 
Derek Smith* 
Matthew Parker* 
Benjamin Miller* 


Jarryn Geary^ 
Sebastian Ross 
Luke Dunstan 
Darragh Joyce* 
Oscar Clavarino* 
James Frawley*^ 
Paul Hunter*^ 
Shaun McKernan*^ 
Mason Wood*^ 


Sam Reid 
Luke Parker 
Robbie Fox* 
Sam Gray* 
Kaiden Brand* 

Luke Parker celebrates a goal against St Kilda in round 12, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos


Shannon Hurn 
Joshua Kennedy 
Mark Hutchings*^ 
Daniel Venables* 
Brendon Ah Chee*^ 
Jamaine Jones* 


Tom Liberatore^ 
Mitch Wallis 
Lin Jong 
Roarke Smith*^ 
Ben Cavarra* 
Taylor Duryea^ 
Ryan Gardner*^ 
William Hayes* 
Stefan Martin^ 

* Previously delisted
^ Previously qualified as Free Agent

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