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2021 AFL free agents and out of contract players

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Want to see the full list of 2021 AFL free agents and all AFL out of contract players? You’ve come to the right place.

You can check out our comprehensive summary of all the trade rumours doing the rounds here.

AFL free agents come in two varieties: restricted and unrestricted.

Restricted free agents are out of contract, in the top 25 per cent 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, but 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.

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.

All players who have been free agents previously – including those who were delisted free agents – are now considered ‘free agents for life’, and will qualify for unrestricted free agency in any year in which they come out of contract.

Players on this list who have announced their retirement or have been delisted will be removed.

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2021 AFL free agents and out of contract players

Adelaide Crows

Unrestricted free agents
Ben Davis

Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
Ronin O’Connor


Brisbane Lions

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Unrestricted free agents
Connor Ballenden

Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
Tom Joyce
Brock Smith


Carlton

Unrestricted free agents
None

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Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
None


Collingwood

Unrestricted free agents
None

Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
Mason Cox
John Noble

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Essendon

Unrestricted free agents
Dylan Clarke

Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
None


Fremantle

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Unrestricted free agents
None

Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
None


Geelong Cats

Unrestricted free agents
None

Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
None


Gold Coast Suns

Unrestricted free agents
Jacob Townsend

Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
Matt Conroy
Patrick Murtagh
Hewago Paul Oea
Malcolm Rosas
Luke Towey


GWS Giants

Unrestricted free agents
Shane Mumford
Zachary Sproule
Jake Stein

Restricted free agents
Phil Davis

Out of contract
None


Hawthorn

Unrestricted free agents
None

Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
Jack Saunders


Melbourne

Unrestricted free agents
None

Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
Michael Hibberd
Marty Hore


North Melbourne

Unrestricted free agents
Shaun Atley
Tom Campbell
Trent Dumont

Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
None


Port Adelaide

Unrestricted free agents
Steven Motlop
Boyd Woodcock

Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
Trent Burgoyne
Jarrod Lienert
Sam Mayes


Richmond

Unrestricted free agents
Derek Eggmolesse-Smith
Ben Miller

Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
Noah Cumberland
Ryan Garthwaite
Bigoa Nyuon
Sydney Stack


St Kilda

Unrestricted free agents
Paul Hunter
Darragh Joyce

Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
Dean Kent


Sydney Swans

Unrestricted free agents
Sam Reid

Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
Barry O’Connor
Ben Ronke
Sam Wicks


West Coast Eagles

Unrestricted free agents
Shannon Hurn
Josh Kennedy

Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
Jarrod Brander


Western Bulldogs

Unrestricted free agents
None

Restricted free agents
None

Out of contract
Stefan Martin

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