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AFL Trade Rumours 2021: The latest news and whispers on every player, every club

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The 2021 AFL Trade Period is a long way away, but that doesn’t mean the rumour mill hasn’t started spinning already. Keep up to date with all the latest AFL trade rumours here.

For a full list of free agents and out of contract players, check out our list here.


Adelaide Crows

Matt Crouch – Will hold off on making a decision regarding his future until he’s ready to do so. Is understood to be mulling over his options after brother Brad returned to Victoria last offseason. Restricted free agent.

Tom Doedee – Has publicly affirmed his desire to remain with Adelaide, despite coming out of contract at the end of the season. The Crows have offered him a two-year deal. Out of contract, not a free agent.


Brisbane Lions

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Carlton Blues

Patrick Cripps – According to reports, both clubs in his native state of Western Australia have privately conceded they don’t have the cap space to lure him over and expect him to re-sign with the Blues this year. Restricted free agent.

Harry McKay – Claims he is ‘not too worried’ about ongoing contract negotiations and the club is confident he’ll re-sign – although he’ll attract significant interest elsewhere. Out of contract, not a free agent.


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Collingwood Magpies

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Essendon Bombers

Brayden Ham – Is set to re-sign with the Bombers shortly. Out of contract, not a free agent.

Harrison Jones – Is closing in on a new deal with the Bombers after making his debut. Out of contract, not a free agent.

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Zach Merrett – Won’t start contract negotiations until the season concludes, but the club and coach Ben Rutten insist he is committed and will re-sign. Restricted free agent.


Fremantle Dockers

Adam Cerra – The Dockers are upping the ante in their efforts to re-sign the talent midfielder – offering him a four-year deal that largely mirrors that of Andrew Brayshaw. Carlton are incredibly keen to poach him, however, and are making big offers. Cerra, for his part, says he’s in no rush and will let talks play out naturally. Out of contract, not a free agent.


Geelong Cats

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Cam Guthrie – The reigning best-and-fairest winner will command a high price on the open market and could be one to watch but, for now, is favoured to remain with the Cats. Unrestricted free agent.

Jack Henry – Is on the verge of signing a new deal. Out of contract, not a free agent.

Gryan Miers – As above. Out of contract, not a free agent.


Gold Coast Suns

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GWS Giants

Lachlan Ash – Said in an interview with the club’s website that he loves the Giants and the Sydney lifestyle and would only leave if there was a lack of opportunity to play senior football. Out of contract, not a free agent.

Jacob Hopper – Gave the stock-standard ‘my focus is on football’ answer when quizzed as to his future. The club is confident he will eventually re-sign. Out of contract, not a free agent.

Josh Kelly – Is reportedly on the radar at Essendon, Hawthorn and North Melbourne, but his stocks have dropped significantly since he was the subject of multi-million dollar deals a few years ago. One to watch. Restricted free agent.


Hawthorn Hawks

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Melbourne Demons

Christian Petracca – Has hosed down rumours of a move to Collingwood, publicly stating he wants to see out his contract and “give back” to Melbourne. Contracted until 2022.


North Melbourne Kangaroos

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Port Adelaide Power

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Richmond Tigers

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Ivan Soldo – Is set to receive a one-year extension before the season is out. Out of contract, not a free agent.

Nick Vlastuin – Has turned his back on free agency to sign a five-year deal with the Tigers.


St Kilda Saints

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Sydney Swans

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Josh Kennedy – Was never seriously a risk of heading elsewhere in free agency, but is set to re-sign with the Swans for one more year. Unrestricted free agent.

Tom McCartin – The Swans are looking to nip any trade murmurs in the bud and re-sign the young defender to a two-year deal. Out of contract, not a free agent.

Luke Parker – Has started negotiations with the Swans over a new deal and is expected to get a deal done without much fuss. Restricted free agent.

Dylan Stephens – Negotiations have begun on an extension for the youngster, but he has struggled to win a spot in the senior side so far this season. Out of contract, not a free agent.


West Coast Eagles

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Oscar Allen – Is the target of big-money offers by several rival clubs, but West Coast will fight like hell to keep him. A native West Australian, which works in the Eagles’ favour too. Contracted until 2022.

Josh Rotham – West Coast have surprised some outsiders by moving quickly to lock down unheralded defender Josh Rotham. Is a native West Australian, so any compelling rival interest appears unlikely. Out of contract, not a free agent.

Dom Sheed – Is set to turn his back on free agency and re-sign with the Eagles before the home-and-away season is over. Restricted free agent.


Western Bulldogs

Marcus Bontempelli – Is understood to be on the verge of signing a long deal very soon. Restricted free agent.

Tom Liberatore – Will avoid the long wait he had to endure last time he came off contract. Has started negotiations for a new multi-year deal, which should be completed soon. Unrestricted free agent.

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Stefan Martin – Qualifies for free agency again at the end of this season, but should hit a contract trigger that extends his deal with the Dogs for another year. Unrestricted free agent.

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