AFL Free agency is a relatively new addition to the player movement period but it has seen some massive changes in landscape since its introduction.
Player movement rates have increased dramatically every since it was introduced, and clubs have used it in a variety of different ways to manage their lists.
Big name players like Brendon Goddard and Lance Franklin have shifted clubs through free agency – and others, like Brian Lake and Patrick Dangerfield, have used free agent status as an incentive to secure trades.
Here we have collected a list of every free agent still available to sign in 2016, which we will update regularly throughout the off-season.
What are unrestricted and restricted free agents?
Unrestricted free agents are free to move to the club of their choice without any impediment. Restricted free agents, however, must wait for the current club to match, or decline to match, the offer the free agent has received.
If their current club matches then they are forced to seek a trade – however, this is yet to happen so far in the time that free agency has existed in the AFL.
Daniel Wells – North Melbourne
Moved to the Collingwood Magpies on a three-year deal. North Melbourne received a second-round draft pick as compensation.
2016 free agents
Ricky Henderson – Unrestricted
Dennis Armfield – Unrestricted
Jarryd Blair – Unrestricted
Courtenay Dempsey – Unrestricted
Zac Clarke – Unrestricted
Matt de Boer – Unrestricted
Clancee Pearce – Unrestricted
Tom Lonergan – Unrestricted
Gold Coast Suns
Jack Grimes – Restricted
North Melbourne Kangaroos
Drew Petrie – Unrestricted
Port Adelaide Power
Paul Stewart – Unrestricted
St Kilda Saints
Sam Fisher – Unrestricted
West Coast Eagles
Mitch Brown – Unrestricted
Sam Butler – Unrestricted
Will Minson – Unrestricted
The following players were free agents, but decided to re-sign with their current clubs.
Scott Thompson – Adelaide Crows
Daniel Rich – Brisbane Lions
Kade Simpson – Carlton Blues
Steele Sidebottom – Collingwood Magpies
Heath Hocking – Essendon Bombers
Cale Hooker – Essendon Bombers
David Myers – Essendon Bombers
Brent Stanton – Essendon Bombers
Aaron Sandilands – Fremantle Dockers
Luke Hodge – Hawthorn Hawks
Sam Mitchell – Hawthorn Hawks
Brendan Whitecross – Hawthorn Hawks
Neville Jetta – Melbourne Demons
Jake Spencer – Melbourne Demons
Jack Watts – Melbourne Demons
Lindsay Thomas – North Melbourne Kangaroos
Sean Dempster – St Kilda Saints
Leigh Montagna – St Kilda Saints
Nick Riewoldt – St Kilda Saints
Kieren Jack – Sydney Swans
Will Schofield – West Coast Eagles
Matthew Boyd – Western Bulldogs
Dale Morris – Western Bulldogs
Robert Murphy – Western Bulldogs
The following players were free agents, but decided to retire.
Nathan van Berlo – Adelaide Crows
Brent Macaffer – Collingwood Magpies
Dane Swan – Collingwood Magpies
Alan Toovey – Collingwood Magpies
Tayte Pears – Essendon Bombers
Jimmy Bartel – Geelong Cats
Corey Enright – Geelong Cats
Michael Firrito – North Melbourne Kangaroos
Brent Harvey – North Melbourne Kangaroos
Ted Richards – Sydney Swans
Patrick McGinnity – West Coast Eagles