AFL Free Agents 2016

Last updated: 28 February, 2017

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.


Tyrone Vickery – Richmond
Moved to the Hawthorn Hawks on a two-year deal. Richmond received a second-round draft pick as compensation.

Daniel Wells – North Melbourne
Moved to the Collingwood Magpies on a three-year deal. North Melbourne received a second-round draft pick as compensation.

Chris Mayne – Fremantle
Joined the Collingwood Magpies on a four-year deal. The Fremantle Dockers received a second-round draft pick as compensation.

Nathan Brown – Collingwood
Joined the St Kilda Saints on a two-year deal. Having already signed two free agents, Collingwood did not receive any compensation.

Tyrone Vickery Richmond Tigers 2015 AFL

2016 free agents

Adelaide Crows
Ricky Henderson – Unrestricted

Brisbane Lions

Carlton Blues
Dennis Armfield – Unrestricted

Collingwood Magpies
Jarryd Blair – Unrestricted

Essendon Bombers
Courtenay Dempsey – Unrestricted

Fremantle Dockers
Zac Clarke – Unrestricted
Matt de Boer – Unrestricted
Clancee Pearce – Unrestricted

Geelong Cats
Tom Lonergan – Unrestricted

Gold Coast Suns

GWS Giants

Hawthorn Hawks

Melbourne Demons
Jack Grimes – Restricted

North Melbourne Kangaroos
Drew Petrie – Unrestricted

Port Adelaide Power
Paul Stewart – Unrestricted

Richmond Tigers

St Kilda Saints
Sam Fisher – Unrestricted

Sydney Swans

West Coast Eagles
Mitch Brown – Unrestricted
Sam Butler – Unrestricted

Western Bulldogs
Will Minson – Unrestricted

A proven premiership star, Luke Hodge makes his way into the backline. (Photo by Justine Walker/AFL Media)


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

Dane Swan runs with beard


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