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Free Agency has been a part of the player movement landscape for a few years now and has seen players like Brendon Goddard and Lance Franklin move clubs.
AFL free agents come in two varieties – restricted and unrestricted.
Restricted free agents are out of contract, in the top 25 percent highest paid at their club, and have either been at their club for eight or more but less than ten years, or have been in the AFL for ten or more years but have not previously had restricted free agent status.
They can accept an offer from a rival club, their current club has the choice to match the offer made to them and they must then seek a trade if they still wish to move clubs. So far, no club has ever chosen to match an offer for a restricted free agent.
Unrestricted free agents are out of contract, and either have been at their current club for ten years or more and previously been a restricted free agent, or been at their current club for eight years or more and are not inside the top 25 per cent highest paid at their club.
They can accept an offer from a rival club and if they do then this is processed immediately. Their current club has no right to match the offer or block the move.
Reece Conca moved from Richmond Tigers to Fremantle Dockers.
Luke Dahlhaus moved from Western Bulldogs to Geelong Cats.
Tom J Lynch moved from Gold Coast Suns to Richmond Tigers.
Scott Lycett moved from West Coast Eagles to Port Adelaide Power.