AFL trade news, rumours 2023: Trades state of play before Trade Period, every player linked to a move, ins and outs, deals, free agents

The Grand Final’s final siren ended one season, but officially marked the beginning of another.

While trade talks have been ongoing through the season they’ll really heat up now that the finals have been run and won, with free agency to open on Friday October 6 (and run until Friday October 13), plus the trade period to open on Monday October 9 at 9am (and run until Wednesday October 18 at 7:30pm).

See what’s about to go down below as Foxfooty.com.au breaks down the trade state of play at every AFL club.

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ADELAIDE CROWS

Players that could leave

The big question here is the potential exit of Tom Doedee, whose ACL injury has thrown his future into doubt. Is someone willing to give him the long-term security he’s after? That may be Brisbane or Collingwood rather than the Crows, with the Herald Sun’s Jon Ralph reporting on Saturday the likely price is a five-year, $3 million deal. “It’s a lot to bring in a player off a knee reconstruction,” he explained on Fox Footy, with Doedee expected to miss the first half of the 2024 season. Doedee would prefer to stay but may not be able to say no. Shane McAdam has requested a trade to Melbourne, with the Crows initially asking for a South Australian player back in return such as Harrison Petty or Tom Sparrow, though that seems very unlikely. GWS has been keen on poaching Elliott Himmelberg to pair him up with brother Harry.

Players that could arrive

Given they probably should’ve played finals this year anyway, and having missed on No.1 target Mason Redman who re-signed with Essendon, it appears there isn’t the big fish available for Adelaide this year – following successful moves for Jordan Dawson and Izak Rankine. We’re sure they’d love another gun midfielder but who’s out there? There are depth options, which they especially need after delisting former first-rounder Jackson Hately (who just didn’t work out in Adelaide), could they look at fringe players from Collingwood like South Aussie Josh Carmichael or Finlay Macrae? Four clubs including the Crows have flagged interest in Gold Coast forward Mabior Chol, who had an excellent campaign leading the side to a VFL flag, but fell out of favour at senior level.

Who’s already gone

Fischer McAsey (retired), Paul Seedsman (retired), Andrew McPherson (delisted), Jackson Hately (delisted), Tyler Brown (delisted), Tariek Newchurch (delisted)

Draft picks

9, 21, 24

BRISBANE LIONS

Players that could leave

After starring in the 2022 finals push and featuring in the Grand Final but otherwise failing to truly cement his spot in the side, Deven Robertson has a big decision to make; whether to stay at Brisbane and seek a flag or move home to West Coast, where a more lucrative deal of four years is on the table. “He’s not sure whether it’s (the Grand Final) going to be his last game for the Brisbane Lions,” reporter David Zita said on Fox Footy’s Grand Final coverage. “He’ll sit down with his manager Jason Dover afterwards and decide what he wants to do. It’s either staying at the Lions or moving to West Coast, so it’s a two-club race for his services next year and beyond.” Meanwhile veteran Dayne Zorko “hasn’t had a concrete conversation about his future yet,” according to Zita. “He’ll sit down with his manager, Tom Petroro at TLA nd discuss what is coming up next for him. I think he’d like to play on, it’s up to the club and him to work it out from there.” The Lions’ other major priorities are re-signings. “Kiddy Coleman and Hugh McCluggage both out of contract next year; McCluggage is a pre-agent this year,” reporter Jon Ralph said on Fox Footy’s Grand Final coverage. “Brisbane pushing very hard for those early extensions and we believe that that will happen in a couple of months.” There’s been some interest from rivals in fringe tall Tom Fullarton.

Players that could arrive

After last year’s mammoth trade period, the Lions have one clear priority – continuing to bolster the much-improved defence which got them within a kick of a premiership. They’re keen to do that via Adelaide’s Tom Doedee, who despite an ACL tear could land a five-year, $3 million deal from either Brisbane or Collingwood, the two leading contenders. “It’s a lot to bring in a player off a knee reconstruction,” Jon Ralph said on Fox Footy, but his talent is obvious and if the Lions or Magpies are willing to pay that much more than the Crows, he’s likely to leave. The Lions and Bulldogs have been linked to out-of-contract St Kilda defender Nick Coffield, who could be yet another injury-prone player to revive his career in the sunshine state. Four clubs including the Lions have flagged interest in Gold Coast forward Mabior Chol, who had an excellent campaign leading the side to a VFL flag, but fell out of favour at senior level. Seeking greater opportunity he could move north, though with how talent-laden the Brisbane forward line is, would he really be getting the opportunity he’s after up the M1? Suns swingman Chris Burgess, who they’ve also been linked to, would be a depth option.

Who’s already gone

Marcus Adams (retired), Daniel Rich (retired)

Draft picks

27, 46, 56, 62

CARLTON

Players that could leave

A few fringe options seem likely to seek greater opportunity elsewhere, with Paddy Dow and Zac Fisher tipped to request trades. Dow is expected to be picked up by Stephen Silvagni’s St Kilda while Fisher has been linked to North Melbourne on a four-year deal, with a trigger for a fifth, on $450,000 a year. Otherwise having locked up guys like Jack Silvagni and Tom De Koning the Blues should be reasonably quiet.

Players that could arrive

With limited cap space don’t expect Michael Voss’ men to do a huge amount here, but Gold Coast’s former Pick 7 Elijah Hollands is a high-upside option that appears likely to be taken up. Having only played 13 AFL games since his 2020 draft selection, it’s believed Gold Coast is willing to trade Hollands south, where he could reunite with brother Ollie. The price is a tricky one though given Hollands hasn’t really shown enough to be worth Carlton’s first pick (16), but their next selection is 65, so maybe a future second gets it done? The Blues also hold some interest in out-of-favour Bulldogs veteran defender Hayden Crozier, who could be gettable as a delisted free agent after 142 career games. While the Blues had earlier been linked to Saints free agent Jade Gresham it’s now thought Essendon is the clear frontrunner, while they’ve had some interest in Melbourne’s James Harmes.

Who’s already gone

Ed Curnow (retired), Lachie Plowman (retired), Sam Philp (delisted), Josh Honey (delisted), Lochie O’Brien (delisted)

Draft picks

16, 65, 73

COLLINGWOOD

Players that could leave

Who’d want to leave the Magpies right now? Well, the premier’s depth always ends up being raided, and this year should be no exception. Trent Bianco is tipped to be elsewhere in 2024, perhaps as a delisted free agent if nobody comes for the wingman in the trade period, after a strong season at VFL level, while the out-of-contract Finlay Macrae has shown enough in the seconds to warrant an AFL opportunity; it’s just that it’s going to be very hard for him to get it at the Magpies. Rival recruiters have been tracking the midfielder this year. Could Josh Carmichael head back to South Australia? Don’t read too much into the Jack Ginnivan trade rumours. Finally the Brodie Grundy saga could still impact the Magpies this off-season, with the club asking whether they still need to pay $350,000 a year on his contract if he moves to a third team (expected to be Sydney), given their deal was specifically with Melbourne. It’d require some tricky legal manuvering but it’s worth a shot.

Players that could arrive

Don’t expect the Magpies to sit on their laurels, after being so successful trading in recycled players last off-season (including eventual Norm Smith medallist Bobby Hill). This time they’re aiming at big men, as Jon Ralph reported on Fox Footy’s pre-Grand Final coverage. “They will be aggressive again in the trade space. My expectation is that they will secure Todd Goldstein, the former North Melbourne ruckman,” Ralph said. “They’re also keen on Tom Doedee from Adelaide, potentially with Brisbane also interested – price is five years and $600,000, it’s a lot to bring in a player off a knee reconstruction.” Doedee is viewed as their long-term replacement for Jeremy Howe. There have been continued rumours around Max Holmes’ interest in joining the Magpies, in a bit of trade revenge for the Ollie Henry poaching, but his manager Tom Seccull told News Corp in August: “he is really happy and invested in the future of the club and really settled. He is contracted for next year and we will sit down with the club and chat through his future when the time is right.”

Who’s already gone

Nil

Draft picks

18, 36

ESSENDON

Players that could leave

The most notable exit here would be Dylan Shiel, but we’ll discuss that in the section below. Expect young key defender Brandon Zerk-Thatcher to get to Port Adelaide, according to reporter David Zita, who said on Fox Footy’s pre-Grand Final coverage “it’s just a matter of how he gets there. Port have a lot on their table.” Running defender Massimo D’Ambrosio has requested a trade to Hawthorn after falling out of favour under Brad Scott’s tutelage, and being offered just a one-year deal to remain at Tullamarine. He has a multi-year deal on offer at the Hawks, who are keen on his pace.

Players that could arrive

The aforementioned Shiel exit is the most intriguing aspect of the trade period as it stands, because of how it impacts the Bombers’ potential acquisition of Jade Gresham. The St Kilda free agent is keen to join a big club, and the Bombers have the cap space to make his next deal a healthy one, which also suits the Saints nicely because it would ensure they get top-band compensation. In exchange for the higher compo pick, the Saints would then take on Shiel’s contract in something of a salary dump. “They’ve (the clubs) had a chat about the bare bones of a deal that could see Jade Gresham crossing to Essendon as a free agent potentially with first round compensation, pick 13, and then potentially as part of a salary cap dump you might see Dylan Shiel moving to St Kilda – he’s 31 in March,” Jon Ralph said on Fox Footy’s pre-Grand Final coverage. “So I think a couple of things would need to go right; they wouldn’t be able to trade the 13 back to Essendon (due to AFL trade rules), so it’d be a later pick and maybe Essendon would need to take up some of that slack in terms of his salary there. But the AFL, there are ways in which they would prove it (as a fair deal), they just don’t want it to be seen as a manufacturing a trade pick between two rivals.” Meanwhile Essendon has won the race for key defender Ben McKay’s services – “it’s just a matter of how,” according to David Zita. “Essendon needs this to be first-round compensation, band one, otherwise North Melbourne are prepared to match it. So something over the $800,000 a year mark will get it going for Essendon, I expect them to get that done, otherwise the Roos will match it.” The Bombers were also linked to North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein who could provide valuable ruck depth and assistance for Sam Draper, but Collingwood now leads the race for the former All-Australian. They’ve had some interest in Melbourne’s James Harmes.

Who’s already gone

Andrew Phillips (retired), Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (retired), Alastair Lord (delisted), Rhett Montgomerie (delisted), Cian McBride (delisted), Anthony Munkara (delisted)

Draft picks

8, 28, 47, 68

FREMANTLE

Players that could leave

It appears certain wingman Liam Henry will be heading east, selecting St Kilda (partially due to his relationship with Bradley Hill) over Hawthorn. They’re tipped to ask for a late first or early second-round pick. Meanwhile if there’s a bombshell this year, ruckman Sean Darcy is one of the leading contenders to drop it. A report in the west a month ago claimed he was close to re-signing but that hasn’t yet happened, and Darcy shapes as one of the major pre-agents on the market before his 2024 free agency. Geelong has long been linked as the top contender for the country Victorian, but would prefer to wait until they can lure him without a trade in 2024. If he asked for a trade now, the Cats would certainly have to give up Pick 7.

Players that could arrive

Having put their chips in last off-season with the Luke Jackson trade, the Dockers don’t really have the assets to do anything major this year, and aren’t expected to launch any major trade raids. In a minor move they could try again for Gold Coast’s Jeremy Sharp, after he was left at the altar last trade period, with Fremantle having to prioritise deals for Jackson and Jaeger O’Meara in the final hours instead. The WA talent didn’t play a senior game in 2023 and could even be gettable as a delisted free agent. Could they try and revive the career of struggling ex-No.6 pick and West Aussie Denver Grainger-Barras in a bargain move with the Hawks?

Who’s already gone

Eric Benning (delisted), Travis Colyer (delisted), Nathan Wilson (delisted)

Draft picks

22, 41, 55, 59

GEELONG

Players that could leave

There’s always a team that loudly proclaims it’ll play hardball and this year it’s Geelong, who’ve made a lot of noise about getting the best possible deal from Port Adelaide for Esava Ratugolea. The swingman, who had impressive moments at times as a key defender in 2023, has again sought a move to Alberton, this time while out-of-contract. The Power have a lot to do and minimal 2023 trade assets making their 2024 first-round pick a likely target. “They’ll (Port) clearly try and split their future first rounder there, that’s going to be subject to a lot of argy-bargy with Geelong, who are putting their hands up for the best possible pick,” Jon Ralph said on Fox Footy’s pre-Grand Final coverage. Expect premiership substitute Brandan Parfitt to see out his contract for 2024 despite again failing to secure his spot in the senior side; he impressed in the Round 24 loss to the Bulldogs, but there just aren’t the list spots available to make a rival interested in trading for him.

Players that could arrive

Last year’s busy trade period has ensured 2023 will be a quiet one for the Cats, with just the one draft pick inside the first three rounds (Pick 7), and they’re unlikely to add a 2023 selection in exchange for Esava Ratugolea either. “I think we’ve all known from a long way out that doing some things last year … Regenerating our list and being really aware of where we’re at with some older guys coming out over the last couple of years and the next couple of years going forward,” list manager Andrew Mackie told News Corp last month. “Part of that we attended to last year which meant we probably wouldn’t be as busy in this period. We are really excited about the pick seven that we currently have, excited about what the back of the draft might look like.” Of course, that’s exactly what a list manager would say if a club was planning something big in secret, isn’t it? Geelong has long been linked with Fremantle ruckman Sean Darcy. They’d prefer to wait a year so they can land him as a free agent, instead of spending Pick 7, but could they launch the bid now?

Who’s already gone

Isaac Smith (retired), Jon Ceglar (retired), Sam Menegola (delisted), Sam Simpson (delisted), Osca Riccardi (delisted), Cooper Whyte (delisted)

Draft picks

7

GOLD COAST SUNS

Players that could leave

The Suns aren’t in the desperate position of years gone by where they need to clear cap room, but a few fringe options could still depart. There’s quite a bit of interest in Mabior Chol, who fell out of favour this past season, with Adelaide, Brisbane, Hawthorn and North Melbourne all publicly linked to the key forward. That should help drive up the price for the ex-Tiger who has two years left to run on his contract but is seeking senior game-time. Also unable to cement a spot in the senior side was 2020 No.7 pick Elijah Hollands, with Carlton poised to make a move and reunite him with his brother Ollie, while key defender Caleb Graham and forward Brodie McLaughlin have gathered a modicum of interest. After failing to secure a move to Fremantle in the final stages of last year’s trade period Jeremy Sharp should head west, potentially as a delisted free agent. Everything would change quickly for the Suns though if Ben King were to request a trade before his deal expires at the end of 2024; clubs like Hawthorn and Collingwood are already positioning themselves to be able to lure him south, and could try and launch an early bid.

Players that could arrive

Gold Coast’s No.1 priority this year is the draft, as they’ll need to match bids on a trio of gun prospects – key forward Jed Walter, ruckman Ethan Read and midfielder Jake Rogers. All three bids should come in the first round, with Walter viewed by many recruiters as the No.2 prospect in the draft class behind Harley Reid. If the Suns trade out their top selection, No.4, they will almost certainly have enough draft points to match all three bids. The Bulldogs (with picks 10 and 17) and Melbourne (picks 5 and 13) are among the leading contenders for the pick.

Who’s already gone

Connor Blakely (retired)

Draft picks

4, 29, 35, 43, 48, 57, 61, 66, 69

GWS GIANTS

Players that could leave

They’re not facing a cap catastrophe, but having re-signed star free agent Harry Himmelberg, they wouldn’t mind clearing a bit more salary space this off-season. SEN’s Tom Morris reported Nick Haynes and the club are on the same page, with the veteran defender available for a club willing to take on his large salary. Haynes’ heavily back-loaded deal is believed to be worth over $1 million in 2024, the final year of the deal, and the Giants would be more than happy to offload that cash – whereas Haynes is keen on a multi-year extension. If no-one comes for him both sides are happy for Haynes to stay. Having been pushed out of senior calculations, out-of-contract ruckman Matt Flynn has been linked strongly to West Coast.

Players that could arrive

After a successful campaign the Giants aren’t quite buyers or sellers, though having two first-round picks in their possession means they could again look to trade up in the draft order, for a pick like Gold Coast’s No.4. But they’re also expected to listen to offers if anyone wants to trade up to their No.6 selection, with most recruiters believing there are roughly eight standout prospects in this year’s class.

Who’s already gone

Daniel Lloyd (retired), Phil Davis (retired), Jason Gillbee (delisted), Cameron Fleeton (delisted)

Draft picks

6, 15, 54, 72

HAWTHORN

Players that could leave

An already shallow forward line will lose more depth this off-season with Jacob Koschitzke seeking a trade to Richmond, and Tyler Brockman expected to get to West Coast. There’s at least a minor chance WA’s Denver Grainger-Barras also heads home. While the moves should give the still-rebuilding Hawks more draft assets, the number of players they’ve unsuccessfully chased this year plus their large amount of cap room make it clear they’re in a position to bring players in, and soon.

Players that could arrive

The Hawks were keen on Ben McKay but have missed out on the marquee key defender on the market – unless his looming move to the Bombers somehow falls apart. Running Essendon defender Massimo D’Ambrosio has requested a trade to Hawthorn after falling out of favour under Brad Scott’s tutelage, and being offered just a one-year deal to remain at Tullamarine. He has a multi-year deal on offer at the Hawks, who are keen on his pace after missing out on Liam Henry. Four clubs including the Hawks have flagged interest in Gold Coast forward Mabior Chol, who had an excellent campaign leading the side to a VFL flag, but fell out of favour at senior level. Any chance they stun the AFL and launch a move for childhood Hawks fan Bailey Smith, or Ben King a year ahead of what’s expected?

Who’s already gone

Max Lynch (retired), Josh Morris (delisted), Emerson Jeka (delisted), Fionn O’Hara (mutually agreed delisting)

Draft picks

3, 30, 49

MELBOURNE

Players that could leave

Put simply, the Brodie Grundy experiment didn’t work; now we see what it cost them (other than a year of press conference questions). Expect the ruckman to join Sydney, with the Demons to be fully freed of their financial ties to the ex-Magpie. Having paid pick 27 for him last year you certainly wouldn’t expect Melbourne to get a better pick for him a year later, so would Sydney’s pick 31 be enough? He won’t be the only Demon heading north with free agent James Jordon keen to join his childhood club. The contracted James Harmes has held interest from Carlton, Essendon, Richmond and Sydney, while Adam Tomlinson has been told he’s a required player though he’d like greater senior opportunities.

Players that could arrive

The Demons will be kept busy not just by exits but inclusions, with Adelaide’s Shane McAdam seeking a trade east. The Crows initially asked for a South Australian player in return, such as Harrison Petty or Tom Sparrow, but it’d be a shock if Melbourne let that happen. The biggest potential Dees move however is a trade up the draft order, either for Gold Coast’s gettable No.4 pick, or even West Coast’s No.1 selection. After all, if mid-forward Harley Reid is as good as recruiters say (and they say he’s one of the best prospects they’ve ever seen), wouldn’t he be exactly what Melbourne needs amid their scoring woes? The issue is whether the Eagles would want to trade all the way down to No.5.

Who’s already gone

Michael Hibberd (retired), Deakyn Smith (delisted), Luke Dunstan (retired)

Draft picks

5, 13, 25, 33

NORTH MELBOURNE

Players that could leave

If the paperwork lands at Arden Street, and it’s clear they’ll be getting top-level compensation for Ben McKay’s free agency exit, Alastair Clarkson should probably offer to drive him over to Essendon. The Kangaroos are ready to match any offer for the restricted free agent that doesn’t secure them the No.3 pick in the draft, but would happily take the compensation, which should be handed out if McKay’s deal is worth around $800,000 a year. Hawthorn and Sydney would happily make a move for the key defender if his preferred move to the Bombers falls through. Despite the club proclaiming him a ‘Kangaroo for life’ when he signed his last contract extension, former All-Australian ruckman Todd Goldstein will finish his career elsewhere in search of an elusive flag. That desire has Collingwood believed to be the frontrunner, with Essendon (where his former coach Brad Scott now works) and St Kilda also in the mix. Tarryn Thomas, who ended the season on a high note after his myriad of off-field controversies, will see out his contract until the end of 2024 amid interest from the Bombers and Sydney.

Players that could arrive

The Roos are tipped to land out-of-favour Blue Zac Fisher on a four-year deal, with a trigger for a fifth, on $450,000 a season according to Jon Ralph. He is contracted until the end of 2025, having extended midway through last year, and would need to be traded but given he played just 12 AFL games this year Carlton wouldn’t be able to drive a particularly hard bargain. Four clubs including the Kangaroos have flagged interest in Gold Coast forward Mabior Chol, who had an excellent campaign leading the side to a VFL flag, but fell out of favour at senior level. Former No.5 pick Dylan Stephens has requested a trade from Sydney to Arden Street, with a deal lasting up to four years on the table. And let’s not forget the possibility of the Kangaroos trading up for Pick 1 to nab Harley Reid – which they wouldn’t have had to do if they had simply lost to Gold Coast in Round 24. The Roos are the most likely team to make the move simply because it’d mean the Eagles would land Pick 2, and thus have access to top WA prospect Daniel Curtin; something which would not be certain if they traded down to Gold Coast’s No.4, Melbourne’s No.5 or GWS’ No.6. (All of those pick numbers are correct before the looming McKay compo pick, which throws another spanner in the works.) As one club recruiter told Foxfooty.com.au earlier this year about the prospect of West Coast trading Pick 1, “it’d be North or nothing”.

Who’s already gone

Jack Ziebell (retired), Aaron Hall (retired), Ben Cunnington (retired), Lachie Young (delisted), Flynn Perez (delisted), Phoenix Spicer (delisted), Jacob Edwards (delisted)

Draft picks

2, 14, 19, 40, 52, 60

PORT ADELAIDE

Players that could leave

With at least three players wanting in at the club and not a lot of draft capital to work with, the Power are going to have to get crafty to get their deals done. Their 2024 first-round pick is the obvious asset, and could either be traded straight out or split to get even more assets. They could also look to move players like Xavier Duursma, of whom ex-Crow Mark Bickley said on SEN “there is a market out there for people who would be desperately keen to get (him).” Orazio Fantasia was a name that popped up earlier in the year, but the man himself remained adamant the club want him on their list for 2024. Scott Lycett reportedly could find himself on the move to Victoria after a “low-ball offer” from the Power, SA journalist Michelangelo Rucci said, or even consider retirement while Tom Clurey is open to a move despite having two years left on his deal.

Players that could arrive

The Power need to get creative if they are to fulfil their off-season wish list. Already Cats utility Esava Ratugolea has nominated Port Adelaide as his club of choice, after unsuccessfully attempting a trade to the club last year. But this time, he’s out of contract. Cats coach Chris Scott has pledged to play hard ball over a deal for the versatile Ratugolea – and certainly none of the Power’s 2023 draft picks look like enough to satisfy the 2022 premiers. Bulldogs ruckman Jordon Sweet wants to join Port as well as Bombers backman Brandon Zerk-Thatcher. “I’ve got the opportunity to request a trade home. Hopefully it all gets done,” Zerk-Thatcher said of a potential trade to Port on 9 News. But both are out of contract non-free agent, requiring trades. “They’ve got (picks) 38, 44 and 71, and I think they’ll get their deals done for Zerk-Thatcher, Ratugolea and Sweet. They’ll clearly try and split their future first rounder there, that’s going to be subject to a lot of argy-bargy with Geelong, who are putting their hands up for the best possible pick,” Fox Footy’s Jon Ralph said. There’s also some interest in Richmond big man Ivan Soldo. “Rival clubs believe they (the Power) are looking for a second ruckman after Sweet,” Ralph told On The Couch last month.

Who’s already gone

Tom Jonas (retired), Riley Bonner (delisted), Trent Dumont (delisted), Brynn Teakle (delisted), Nathan Barkla (delisted)

Draft picks

38, 44, 71

RICHMOND

Players that could leave

The Tigers are tipped to be quiet this upcoming Trade Period, with only a handful of names popping up in the trade talk. The main one is ruckman Ivan Soldo, who Port Adelaide holds some interest in, even though they’re also targeting the Bulldogs’ Jordon Sweet. Hugo Ralphsmith is also yet to commit to next season after playing just 13 games in 2023. Dustin Martin isn’t going anywhere until the end of next year at least, while there were some reports linking Dion Prestia to a return to Queensland but nothing substantial.

Players that could arrive

Richmond need a replacement for forward Jack Riewoldt after his almost two decades at the club, and Hawk Jacob Koschitzke looks to be that man. The out-of-contract forward has requested a move to the Tigers, despite having a deal to stick around at Waverley Park. The Tigers are also reportedly one of four clubs keen on out-of-favour Demon James Harmes – although he’s been linked most heavily with a move to Essendon.

Who’s already gone

Jason Castagna (retired), Robbie Tarrant (retired), Trent Cotchin (retired), Jack Riewoldt (retired), Kaelan Bradtke (delisted)

Draft picks

26, 45, 63

ST KILDA

Players that could leave

The Saints could be working their way through a few exits, with free agent Jade Gresham leading the way. Mid-forward Gresham has been linked to a number of clubs but Essendon and St Kilda are planning a potential unique deal to ensure both sides get quality compensation. “They’ve (the clubs) had a chat about the bare bones of a deal that could see Jade Gresham crossing to Essendon as a free agent potentially with first round compensation, pick 13, and then potentially as part of a salary cap dump you might see Dylan Shiel moving to St Kilda – he’s 31 in March,” Ralph said on Fox Footy’s pre-Grand Final coverage. “So I think a couple of things would need to go right; they wouldn’t be able to trade the 13 back to Essendon (due to AFL trade rules), so it’d be a later pick and maybe Essendon would need to take up some of that slack in terms of his salary there. But the AFL, there are ways in which they would prove it (as a fair deal), they just don’t want it to be seen as a manufacturing a trade pick between two rivals.” Having struggled to cement his spot in the senior side due to injuries, out-of-contract former No.8 pick Nick Coffield could be on the move to either Brisbane or the Western Bulldogs, though the Saints have made him an offer to stay. Hunter Clark looms as another potential exit, after last year’s unsuccessful effort to get to North Melbourne. Given he’s on over $1 million over the next two years the Saints would happily let Jack Billings go, but he doesn’t quite have a market yet, while Liam Stocker remains without a contract for next season.

Players that could arrive

As mentioned above Dylan Shiel could add veteran talent to the Saints’ midfield as part of the Gresham deal. Freo wantaway Liam Henry has nominated St Kilda as his club of choice, beating Hawthorn in the race to secure the speedy wingman. The Saints are also interested in securing Blue Paddy Dow to bolster their midfield stocks. “Paddy Dow is St Kilda-bound,” Ralph confidently stated On the Couch last month. Plus if Demon James Jordon doesn’t end up at the Swans, as is his reported nominated club of choice, the Saints are said to be interested in securing his services. They’ve had some interest in veteran ruck Todd Goldstein but Collingwood and Essendon are both ahead in the queue.

Who’s already gone

Jack Bytel (delisted), Leo Connolly (delisted), Jack Peris (delisted), Oscar Adams (delisted)

Draft picks

12, 32, 51

SYDNEY SWANS

Players that could leave

Expect Dylan Stephens to depart, after requesting a trade to North Melbourne. The first-round pick has played 28 games over the last two seasons and was omitted for the club’s sole 2023 final, sitting behind a stacked young Swans midfield. The Swans still need to make a call on the likes of duo Ryan Clarke and Sam Wicks who are unsigned beyond this season.

Players that could arrive

Yes, Brodie Grundy is on the move again. He could be one of the first players to find a new home in 2023 – and it’ll be Sydney, as John Longmire’s side looks to cover the retirement of Tom Hickey. Grundy would get to be the number one ruck, something he was denied at the Dees. Herald Sun reporter Sam Landsberger told Fox Footy’s Midweek Tackle: “Has to be cheap from a trade point of view. He was (traded for Pick) 27 last year to Melbourne – Sydney should get him for that at an absolute maximum.” Grundy should be followed north by Demons teammate James Jordon, who has nominated the Swans as his club of choice. Jordon is a free agent because he was previously delisted, so he could land at Sydney before the Trade Period officially opens on October 9. The Swans have held some interest in out-of-favour Demon James Harmes and Blue Paddy Dow, though the latter should get to St Kilda.

Who’s already gone

Lance Franklin (retired), Paddy McCartin (retired), Tom Hickey (retired)

Draft picks

11, 23, 31, 42, 50

WEST COAST EAGLES

Players that could leave

West Coast’s biggest issue is the trade value of players they have. There’s no doubt the club is in rebuild mode and want as many draft picks as possible – but their current list holds little interest to rivals. “If you’re going to get nothing for these guys, why not allow them to continue playing on minimum chips and if you need them, you need them,” Fox Footy’s David King said on SEN when discussing the likes of Jack Darling, Andrew Gaff and Elliot Yeo. Tom Barrass recommitted to the club earlier this year after strong links to Sydney while Jeremy McGovern has signed a new deal. West Coast’s worst-case scenario would be seeing young gun Oscar Allen walk out the door. There’s suggestions Essendon would be willing to offer up a handsome sum to lure the forward east, but the young forward has pledged he is “really committed” to seeing the club through their rebuild. The most likely way the Eagles add draft assets would be trading down from Pick 1. The Roos are the most likely team to make the move simply because it’d mean the Eagles would land Pick 2, and thus have access to top WA prospect Daniel Curtin; something which would not be certain if they traded down to Gold Coast’s No.4, Melbourne’s No.5 or GWS’ No.6. (All of those pick numbers are correct before the looming Ben McKay compo pick, which throws another spanner in the works.) As one club recruiter told Foxfooty.com.au earlier this year about the prospect of West Coast trading Pick 1, “it’d be North or nothing”.

Players that could arrive

The Eagles are keen on Lion Deven Robertson – the nephew of club great Darren Glass. Robertson has fought his way into Brisbane’s best 22 late this season, but could be lured home. “Dev Robertson, he’s not sure whether it’s (the Grand Final) going to be his last game for the Brisbane Lions,” reporter David Zita said on Fox Footy’s Grand Final coverage. “He’ll sit down with his manager Jason Dover afterwards and decide what he wants to do. It’s either staying at the Lions or moving to West Coast, so it’s a two-club race for his services next year and beyond.” Tyler Brockman is another player looming as a potential inclusion. The Hawk wants to return to WA and could help fill the forward line hole left by Willie Rioli’s departure at the end of 2022. A need for ruck help is likely to see out-of-contract Giants ruckman Matt Flynn head west. Could they try and revive the career of struggling ex-No.6 pick and West Aussie Denver Grainger-Barras in a bargain move with the Hawks?

Who’s already gone

Shannon Hurn (retired), Luke Shuey (retired), Nic Naitanui (retired), Luke Foley (delisted), Sam Petrevski-Seton (delisted), Xavier O’Neill (delisted), Connor West (delisted), Greg Clark (delisted), Isiah Winder (delisted)

Draft picks

1, 20, 34, 39, 53, 58

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Players that could leave

Out-of-contract ruckman Jordon Sweet has requested a trade to Port Adelaide, but will a deal get done? The Power have little in terms of draft capital after giving up their early picks in last year’s blockbuster period to secure Jason Horne-Francis and Willie Rioli. The Dogs have stated they were “keen to retain” Sweet, with a contract on the table for the “majority of the year”. Hayden Crozier is another player who could depart after falling out of favour, with the Blues showing some interest but that may be as a delisted free agent. Another player struggling for senior game time is Buku Khamis, following the off-season arrival of Rory Lobb. With Sam Darcy continuing to develop and Jamarra Ugle-Hagan having a break out season, forward opportunities appear limited for the utility. Khamis managed just one AFL game this season. There’s reports the Dogs have put an offer in to Khamis, but “multiple clubs” have inquired about his availability.

Players that could arrive

The Bulldogs need another defender – that was painfully obvious when Liam Jones went down with injury late in the season. Someone like Crow Tom Doedee – admittedly not to start the season given his ACL recovery – could slide straight into the starting line-up, but Brisbane and Collingwood are the two clubs linked to him thus far. Former top 10 pick Nick Coffield is also reportedly in the mix. The off-contract Saint hasn’t played an AFL game since 2021 due to injury, but could be another defensive addition for the Dogs. Brisbane’s Kai Lohmann has re-signed after being on the Dogs’ radar. Realistically the biggest potential Bulldogs arrival could be the Suns’ Pick 4, with rival clubs believing they were the frontrunner as of last month, using picks 10 and 17 plus potentially their future first (while getting something else back). Having targeted talls with their recent first-round picks the Dogs have been linked to star Tasmanian midfielder Colby McKercher and electric Eastern Ranges small forward Nick Watson.

Who’s already gone

Josh Bruce (retired), Tim O’Brien (delisted), Cody Raak (delisted), Robbie McComb (delisted), Mitch Hannan (delisted)

Draft picks

10, 17, 37, 64, 67, 70

Originally published as $3m tug-of-war between Grand Finalists for Crows star defender

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