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AFL Trade Rumours 2020: The latest news and whispers on every player, every club

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The 2020 AFL Trade Period will get underway later this year. Here is the best resource you will find online – every rumour for season 2020, brought together in one place, listed club-by-club.

Bookmark this page to stay up to date with all the latest AFL trade news and rumours. For a full list of free agents and out of contract players, check out our list here.

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Alex Neal-Bullen – Has been identified as a name Melbourne may look to move on in their pursuit of other player.

Heath Shaw – Will not be offered a contract extension by Greater Western Sydney, but is keen to play on elsewhere.

Bachar Houli – Essendon are trying to lure Bachar Houli back from Richmond, ten years after he walked out on the club to join the Tigers.

Adam Saad – Has dodged questions in a recent interview about his future and is allegedly leaning towards the Blues. North Melbourne, Richmond and Melbourne are all keen to land his signature.

Jack Gunston – Collingwood are set to launch an audacious bid to prise the premiership Hawk away to aid their scoring woes.

Brad Crouch – Geelong have firmed as the favourites to land the free agent Crow’s signature, but local media reports insist Port Adelaide are in the hunt. He does not want to play for a Melbourne team. How his recent drug possession incident affects the market is unknown.

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Adelaide Crows


Could make more waves this offseason as they seek to continue with their extensive rebuild. Want as many draft picks as possible.

Rory Atkins – Fell out of favour at the selection table in 2020 and is almost certain to head to Gold Coast through free agency. Restricted free agent.

Luke Brown – Was set to hit free agency but has been re-signed until the end of 2023.

Brad Crouch – His future is up in the air following a drug possession incident. Had reportedly told the club privately that he wanted to stay, but a move to Geelong via free agency looks more likely. Was linked to Gold Coast last season, while Port Adelaide and St Kilda have been linked to him more recently. He does not want to play in a ‘big city’, like Melbourne or Sydney. Restricted free agent.

Brad Crouch

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Kyle Hartigan – Was linked with Sydney last season, but nothing has eventuated so far in 2020. Has been linked to Hawthorn more recently. Restricted free agent.

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Riley Knight – Has been delisted, but could find a new home through delisted free agency.

Paul Seedsman – Doesn’t look to be featuring in the Crows’ plans going forward but, at 28, could still offer a contender something. Contracted until 2021.

Daniel Talia – Sources believe he could be on the move, as Adelaide look to gain currency for him now rather than dealing with a potential free agency hassle next season. Essendon have been making inquiries. Contracted until 2021.

Taylor Walker – Wants to remain at Adelaide but has acknowledged their quest for picks might see him moved on. Matthew Nicks claims the Crows want him to see out his contract. Contracted until 2021.


Brisbane Lions


Don’t appear likely to be involved too heavily in the upcoming trade period, although they could be on the hunt for more support for their forward line. Have already got ahead of the curve for next season by re-signing Harris Andrews until 2025.

Charlie Cameron – Dubious rumours emerged at one point that he and the club were some ways apart on a new contract, but he has since re-signed until the end of 2025.

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Alex Witherden – With Grant Birchall almost certain to stay on board, Victorian clubs are circling to see if the out-of-favour defender can be convinced to seek greater opportunity. Contracted until 2022.


Carlton Blues


Could be a wildcard as several commentators urge them to up the ante and accelerate their progress into becoming a finals contender next season.

Levi Casboult – Has signed a one-year extension to remain with the Blues. Contracted until 2021.

Charlie Curnow – With the forward line burgeoning, several commentators have suggested the Blues move him on to secure some strong currency in return, but there is no word on whether this is something Carlton are considering at all. Contracted until 2023.

Charlie Curnow

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Marc Murphy – Has extended his contract for one more year. Contracted until 2021.

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Collingwood Magpies


Have a few big pieces to re-sign and will spend the player movement period focusing on getting those deals done. With several retirements expected, cap room shouldn’t be a huge issue.

Mason Cox – After allegedly being shopped around last season, has reportedly triggered a clause in his contract that extends him for another season. Contracted until 2021.

Jordan de Goey – Will be one of the hottest commodities on the market if he doesn’t re-sign beforehand. Has publicly claimed he wants to stay with the Magpies, but will command a good price and received huge offers from North Melbourne and St Kilda last time he was out of contract, while Essendon look to be very interested this time around. Split with his manager earlier in the year. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Max Lynch – Ivan Soldo’s injury at Richmond has dramatically re-shaped the ruck market and now Lynch is a name in demand. Adelaide, GWS and Sydney are interested. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Brody Mihocek – Has been offered a three-year extension, but Mihocek and the club are reportedly a ways off on the dollars involved. Other clubs are starting to circle, although his preference is to remain with Collingwood. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Darcy Moore – Reportedly at odds with Collingwood over the length of his new deal. Wants a long-term deal, but his history of soft-tissue injuries has made the Magpies wary. AFL.com.au reports he is ‘resigned’ to lengthy discussions. Has been linked with the Swans at various points over his career, while Hawthorn are also allegedly in the hunt. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

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Tom Phillips – Could be squeezed out as the Magpies look to re-sign their big names. Contracted until 2021.

Matthew Scharenberg – Is mulling over a return to his native South Australia after falling out of favour in 2020. Given the Magpies need to make room in the salary cap, there could be mutual interest. Adelaide believed to be the keenest of the two SA sides. Out of contract, not a free agent.

Jaidyn Stephenson – Can’t seem to hold his spot in the 22 and many commentators believe he could be up for grabs. No suitors have been named just yet. Contracted until 2021.


Essendon Bombers


Have a lot of players out of contract and, with a new coach incoming in 2021, will be an interesting club to watch this offseason. They will not be allowed to trade their first-round pick this season (unless they receive a first-round pick for losing Joe Daniher in free agency), having traded their 2017, 2018 and 2019 first-rounders in previous deals.

Tom Bellchambers – Was set to be an unrestricted free agent, but has instead announced his retirement.

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Joe Daniher – Has been offered a four-year deal by the Bombers and incoming coach Ben Rutten has publicly called on Daniher to make his decision quickly. Will allegedly tour Brisbane’s facilities despite Chris Fagan claiming rumours of the Lions’ interest were false, while Sydney are likely to try and get him again after last year’s attempted trade never eventuated. Restricted free agent.

Jake Stringer, Joe Daniher and Jackson Ross of the Bombers celebrate a goal

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Orazio Fantasia – Is looking more likely to move to South Australia after last year’s proposed move to Port Adelaide fell down at the 11th hour. Reports are conflicted as to whether the Crows or Power are the frontrunners. Contracted until 2021.

Cale Hooker – Wasn’t able to get on the field as much he liked in 2020 and could seek a move – potentially to Melbourne. Given he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season, the Bombers could be interested in moving him while they can still demand something in return. Contracted until 2021.

Michael Hurley – Unverified rumours claim he is ‘not as happy as he used to be’ at the Bombers, but the two years remaining on his deal would be an enormous barrier to any potential suitor. Contracted until 2022.

Jayden Laverde – Shopped himself around last season, but to no avail. Injuries have hurt his stock since. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Andrew McGrath – Likely to sign a two-year extension. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Shaun McKernan – Could attract interest from clubs looking for ruck and/or key forward support. Delisted free agent.

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Zach Merrett – Had been linked to Melbourne, with trade speculation now intensifying around Carlton, Hawthorn and Port Adelaide. Tim Watson is confident he will stay with the Bombers. Contracted until 2021.

Jordan Ridley – All but guaranteed to sign an extension after winning the club best-and-fairest. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Adam Saad – Talks stalled between Saad and the Bombers over a long-term extension and reports indicate he is leaning towards a move to Carlton. He dodged questions about his future in a recent interview. Melbourne and Richmond have entered the race, while North Melbourne look to be a frontrunner alongside the Blues. Essendon’s pursuit of Bachar Houli could also be a ploy to keep Saad – a close friend – on board. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Adam Saad

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Will Snelling – Has told SEN the club is yet to reach out to him over a new deal. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

James Stewart – Talks have begun between Stewart and the Bombers over an extension. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Jacob Townsend – Was linked to Sydney before joining Essendon last season. Yet to receive a deal for 2021. Contract expiring, not a free agent.


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Fremantle Dockers


The Dockers look to be relatively happy with their current crop of players and don’t appear to be in the thick of many rumours.

Connor Blakely – Looking more and more likely to request a trade after falling out of favour with new coach Justin Longmuir. Will attract interest from clubs looking for inside midfield support. Contracted until 2022.

Brennan Cox – Has attracted interest from clubs in his home state of South Australia and, with the rise of Luke Ryan and several strong defenders set to return from injury next year, Freo might be interested in seeing what they can get from him. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Jesse Hogan – Channel Seven is reporting he is open to leaving Western Australia after a largely luckless stint at the Dockers. Will attract interest from clubs in search of key forward help – Brisbane and Collingwood’s names have been thrown up. Contracted until 2021.

Jesse Hogan

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Cam McCarthy – His AFL career is all but over after he and the Dockers mutually parted ways before they moved into their Cairns hub. Will play for South Fremantle in the WAFL next season.


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Geelong Cats


Could make a splash in free agency, with Jeremy Cameron, Jack Viney and Brad Crouch all on their radar. Additionally, with three first-round picks in their possession, they’ll be a big player in the trade period as other clubs try to negotiate pick swaps with the Cats to get currency for deals they’re working on.

Nakia Cockatoo – After struggling to break into Geelong’s best 22, may seek opportunities elsewhere. Has been linked to Brisbane. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Charlie Constable – Was considering a move in search of more opportunity last season and, after limited game time in 2020, looks likely to try again. Contracted until 2021.


Gold Coast Suns


Are focused on keeping their young guns under contract and continuing on their current course. May seek a few more top-up players but won’t be the centre of attention.

Noah Anderson – Signed an extension that will tie him to the Suns until 2023.

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Will Brodie – Is on Essendon’s radar and even lined up for the Bombers in a practice match in August. Contracted until 2022.

Darcy McPherson – Got bumped out of the 22 by Izak Rankine this season and, although the Suns would prefer to keep him, he could attract some attention elsewhere. Contracted until 2022.

Matthew Rowell – Signed an extension that will tie him to the Suns until 2023.

Peter Wright – Can’t get a game ahead of Ben King and is very likely to find a home elsewhere in the offseason, although his contract is quite generous and might put clubs off. Has been linked to Collingwood. Contracted until 2022.


GWS Giants


One of the most interesting clubs to watch this offseason. Have huge contracts to re-sign, a salary cap bursting at the seams and a few players who may seek greater opportunity elsewhere. Very likely they’ll one of the biggest cogs in this year’s trade machine.

Jye Caldwell – The Giants will fight to keep him despite strong interest from Essendon and St Kilda. They’ve reportedly upped their offer to him. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

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Jeremy Cameron – Will dominate trade discussion until a deal gets done and has attracted heavy interest from Geelong and Essendon. Reports had indicated he was more likely to stay with the Giants, although more recent rumblings indicate the parties are some way off. Restricted free agent.

Jeremy Cameron

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Stephen Coniglio – Became the first captain to be omitted from an AFL side in 22 years and this shock move has other clubs very interested. Carlton, Fremantle and Hawthorn all made big pitches to him last season and are bound to make inquiries if Coniglio wants a seachange. Contracted until 2026.

Aidan Corr – Will join North Melbourne once the player movement period opens. Restricted free agent.

Jeremy Finlayson – Had fallen out of favour due to the quick rise of Jake Riccardi and looked very gettable, but instead signed a three-year contract extension.

Jackson Hately – Very likely to join the Crows in the offseason, although Adelaide don’t want to part with a top 30 pick. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Zac Langdon – Has fallen out of favour at the Giants after a stunning debut season in 2018 and could be on the move. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Xavier O’Halloran – Highly-touted, but just hasn’t been able to break into the ultra-talented Giants lineup and will likely seek a move for more opportunity. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

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Harry Perryman – Trade speculation followed him all season, but he was never linked to a specific club and has since re-signed until the end of 2022.

Heath Shaw – Was not offered a new contract by the Giants for 2021, but would like to play on at a third club next season rather than retiring. Has been linked to North Melbourne. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Zac Williams – Is set to join Carlton once the free agency period begins, but is also on the radar of Essendon, North Melbourne and St Kilda. Restricted free agent.


Hawthorn Hawks


Their attempts to stay near the top with an old list have completely failed in 2020, so they could be a club that makes plenty of waves at the trade table. Ben Stratton and Paul Puopolo have retired, meaning a big rebuild could soon be underway. They will not be permitted to trade their first-round pick, having traded theirs away in 2017 and 2018.

Shaun Burgoyne – Has re-signed for another year in what will be his final season before moving into coaching. Contracted until 2021.

Jack Gunston – Collingwood are very keen to prise him away as they look for more scoring power, but there’s no word on whether the Hawks are considering letting him go. Contracted until 2022.

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Jack Gunston of the Hawks celebrates a goal

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Cyril Rioli – Rumours continue to abound that the mercurial small forward can be coaxed out of retirement. Visited Gold Coast as part of their ceremonies ahead of Indigenous Round.

Isaac Smith – Could be up for grabs, given his age and the fact a proper rebuild is likely to begin this offseason. Melbourne are making inquiries. Unrestricted free agent.

Chad Wingard – Other clubs are making as inquiries as the Hawks look to rehaul their list, but there is no word on whether Hawthorn want to move him on. Contracted until 2022.


Melbourne Demons


May be tempted to make a few moves at the trade table, given they narrowly missed finals. They are featuring in several trade rumours at the moment and could be a key player in the trade period.

Harley Bennell – A late-season COVID breach saw him issued a four-game suspension and looked to have jeopardised his career, but he has since elected to retire.

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Angus Brayshaw – Like clockwork, his name gets suggested for a reunion with brother Andrew at Fremantle – but this rumour looks to be all smoke, no fire. Contracted until 2022.

Bailey Fristch – All but guaranteed to sign a two-year extension. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Jayden Hunt – Yet to receive a new deal and could be of interest to clubs seeking more small forwards. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Tom McDonald – Has struggled to stay in the 22 in 2020 and may seek a fresh start. North Melbourne have made inquiries as they look to replace Ben Brown. Essendon may be interested in luring him over as a replacement if they lose Joe Daniher, while other reports claim the Demons might ship him as part of an Adam Saad trade. Contracted until 2022.

Tom McDonald

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Alex Neal-Bullen – Has been identified as potential trade bait for the Demons. Despite having a tough two years, a stellar 2018 and his age gives him good currency and Melbourne may look to use him as a trump card in their pursuit of other players. Contracted until 2021.

Braydon Preuss – Is looking more and more likely to move just two years into a four-year deal he signed with Melbourne after falling to third in the club’s ruck stocks this year. GWS and Sydney look to be the most interested, while Adelaide, Essendon and Geelong have also had their names thrown in. Contracted until 2022.

Jack Viney – Lost the co-captaincy in a vote at the start of 2020 and, while the club insists all is well, some commentators believe he wasn’t happy about it. In any case, at 26 years old and coming out of contract, has attracted plenty of interest elsewhere with Geelong and Carlton the keenest. Restricted free agent.

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North Melbourne Kangaroos


Will undergo major upheaval this offseason as they look to finally undertake a proper rebuild. Football boss Brady Rawlings told The Herald-Sun that Ben Cunnington, Todd Goldstein and Jack Ziebell were off the table – with trade rumours now surrounding just about every other Kangaroos player. Not interested in trading any first-round draft picks.

Ben Brown – The club has confirmed that they will seek to trade their star key forward. Collingwood and Brisbane are the frontrunners, Gold Coast, Hawthorn and Melbourne are interseted, while Essendon may put their hand up if Daniher leaves. May have to wait until the Cameron and Daniher markets settle before finding a new home. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Majak Daw – Has been delisted by the Roos, but could attract interest from clubs in need of key forward support. Delisted free agent.

Shaun Higgins – Despite allegedly being off the table, reports now indicate the Kangaroos are prepared to part with the star midfielder as he chases a premiership before the end of his career. Geelong and St Kilda are the frontrunners. Contracted until 2021.

Shaun Higgins of the Kangaroos runs the ball

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Jamie Macmillan – One of the more high-profile North delistings and was part of their leadership group this season so could attract interest elsewhere. Delisted free agent.

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Jasper Pittard – As above, was in the Kangaroos’ leadership group in 2020 so could be of interest to other clubs. Delisted free agent.

Jared Polec – Is a good chance of moving to a fourth club next season, with the Kangas allegedly keen to move him on and Melbourne showing some interest. Contracted until 2023.

Mason Wood – One of the younger delisted North Melbourne players at 27 and could find a new home. Sydney were alleged to have made a play for him a while ago but it’s unlikely he still fits in their plans. Delisted free agent.


Port Adelaide Power


With Charlie Dixon re-signed, the Power are unlikely to feature much in the player movement period.

Charlie Dixon – Was dubiously linked to Brisbane by Crows football director Mark Ricciuto, but has since re-signed until the end of 2023.

Sam Hayes – Despite appearing to be entrenched behind Scott Lycett and Peter Ladhams in the ruck stocks, is very unlikely to leave the Power. Contracted until 2021.

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Sam Powell-Pepper – Had been linked to various Victorian suitors, but has re-signed with the Power until the end of 2023.

Ollie Wines – Was reportedly offered up as trade bait last season, although these rumours have never been confirmed. Essendon and Carlton are on the hunt for big-bodied inside midfielders and are keen to prise him away if possible. Contracted until 2022.

Ollie Wines

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Richmond Tigers


Contract talks with a few players appear to be at a standstill, but it’s unlikely anything big will emerge out of Tigerland this offseason.

Nathan Broad – Out of contract and talks are reportedly at a standstill. Multiple clubs are keen to secure the dual-premiership defender, but his friendship with Brandon Ellis reportedly has Gold Coast in the box seat. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Callum Coleman-Jones – Hasn’t been able to break into the club’s 22 and could request a trade to a club seeking ruckmen for more opportunity, although Ivan Soldo’s long-term injury may change this. His ten-week suspension for breaching COVID protocols may have hurt his chances of finding a new home. Contracted until 2021.

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Riley Collier-Dawkins – May seek greater opportunity elsewhere, but the Tigers are keen to keep him on as Trent Cotchin’s eventual successor. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Jack Graham – Had fallen out of favour and other clubs believed he was gettable, but he has since signed a three-year extension to remain with Richmond.

Jack Higgins – Other clubs will make inquiries, given he’s been in and out of the side, but he’s still contracted and there’s no word on whether he’s keen on a move. Contracted until 2021.

Bachar Houli – Essendon are launching a surprise bid to land Houli, despite him quitting the club the somewhat testy circumstances a decade ago. He’s happy at the Tigers, but has been on one-year deals and the Bombers are hoping the security of a multi-year offer will tempt him back. Unrestricted free agent.

Bachar Houli

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Toby Nankervis – Is yet to receive a new deal for next season, although his chances of moving appear small – especially now with Ivan Soldo likely to miss most of next season. Has publicly reaffirmed his desire to stay with Richmond. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Marlion Pickett – Also yet to begin talks on a new deal, but a move away from the Tigers appears unlikely. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Sydney Stack – Looks to be on the outer following his ten-week suspension for a COVID breach. Coach Damien Hardwick refused to guarantee his and Coleman-Jones’ futures at the club following the incident. Contracted until 2021.

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St Kilda Saints


After an aggressive trade period last season that has worked out well, St Kilda CEO Matt Finnis has warned other clubs that the Saints are keen to get a lot of shopping done this offseason too. A club to watch.

Jake Carlisle – Has fallen out of favour at points this season and could be on the move. Hawthorn tried desperately to get him across when he left Essendon in 2015 and are raring to try again, according to reports. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Jake Carlisle

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Jack Lonie – Another Saint who seems to have fallen out of favour under the new coaching regime and looks likely to seek a new home. Carlton and Collingwood came knocking last time he was out of contract, but the Western Bulldogs are reportedly the most interested club this time around. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Ben Paton – Essendon are making a move on the highly-touted young defender, but the Saints are confident they’ll be able to retain him. Contract expiring, not a free agent.

Jack Steele – Finnis had boasted about the club’s alleged salary cap space and was confident a deal would get done – which it did. Steele has re-signed with the Saints until the end of 2022.

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Sydney Swans


Appear to be wholly invested in their current crop of youth. Have got some enticing Academy products due this season, so may feature in a number of pick swaps to get their draft points right.

Tom Papley – No longer wishes to move to Victoria and, despite his attempts to get to Carlton last season, will remain with Sydney. Contracted until 2023.

Ben Ronke – Has completely fallen off the map at the Swans after an explosive start to his career but, at 22, has plenty of time on his side. Contract expiring, not a free agent.


West Coast Eagles


Unlikely to do much this offseason – their list of notable out of contract players is relatively small. They cannot trade their 2021 first-rounder due to the AFL’s draft pick trading rules.

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Andrew Gaff – Has triggered a clause in his contract that extends his stay at the club until 2024.

Andrew Gaff

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Tom Hickey – Can’t get a game and has attracted interest from rival clubs in need of ruck support. Contracted until 2021.

Mark Hutchings – Has reportedly not triggered a clause in his contract that would’ve extended his contract to 2021 and will qualify for free agency once the season concludes instead. No word on any suitors yet or if this will even mean he leaves at all. Restricted free agent.

Josh Kennedy – Had entered 2020 preparing to retire but is now keen to go again in 2021. Appears to be little reason West Coast wouldn’t oblige. Unrestricted free agent.

Dom Sheed – Other clubs are making inquiries given he’s set to hit free agency next season, but it sounds like the Eagles would need to be absolutely floored by an offer to consider moving him on. Contracted until 2021.


Western Bulldogs

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May look to move some out-of-contract fringe players on, but are not featuring in many trade rumours for now.

Marcus Bontempelli – Is working on a new deal with the Bulldogs before he hits free agency next season. Contracted until 2021.

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