AFL trade rumours 2018: All the latest news, every player, every club

The AFL Trade Rumours just keep coming as the 2018 AFL free agency and trade period draws closer and closer. Bookmark this page for all the latest trade rumours throughout the year.


Scott Lycett is said to be a ‘done deal’ to move to St Kilda via free agency, who have reportedly made him a bigger financial offer than West Coast or his other suitor, Port Adelaide.

Andrew Gaff appears to have narrowed his decision down to either a $1.2 million per year offer from North Melbourne, or one worth $850,000 per year from West Coast.

West Coast are pursuing a number of options in their search to cover the loss of Nic Naitanui and likely also Scott Lycett, with Fremantle veteran Aaron Sandilands and Bulldogs youngster Tim English both on their list of potential recruits.

Young GWS midfielder Will Setterfield may be squeezed out of the club by salary cap pressure at the end of the year, with Essendon and Carlton both interested.

Adelaide Crows

Mitch McGovern – Some reports suggest he wants to break his contract and move elsewhere. Victoria is reportedly his preferred destination, but will also attract strong interest in his home state of Western Australia, particularly from Fremantle. The Crows have denied these rumours, and coach Don Pyke has said he expects him to be at the club in 2019. Contracted until the end of 2020.

Brisbane Lions

Dayne Beams – Essendon have pubicly denied reports that they are attemtping to lure him home to Victoria at the end of the year. The majority view is that he will likely remain with the Brisbane Lions.

Beams says that ‘at this stage’ he intends to play out the rest of his career at Brisbane, but he and his family do plan to return to Melbourne at some point in the future. Contracted until the end of 2019.

Dayne Beams Brisbane Lions AFL 2017

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Carlton Blues


Collingwood Magpies

Alex Fasolo – Seems set to join Carlton on a three-year deal, although there was interest in him from the West Coast Eagles at the end of 2017, it appears the deal with the Blues will offer greater security. Unrestricted free agent.

Darcy Moore – Looking a strong chance to request a trade to the Sydney Swans at the end of the year, with some pundits believing the deal is a certainty. Out of contract.

Darcy Moore Collingwood Magpies AFL 2017

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Essendon Bombers

Aaron Francis – Requested a trade home to South Australia in the 2017 trade period, but no deal was made. He took a month’s leave to visit home during the preseason, but has returned to the club for the 2018 AFL season. Contracted until the end of 2019.

Fremantle Dockers

Adam Cerra – Despite some talk that he would be ‘gettable’ in the trade period, Cerra’s management have confirmed that he will honour his contract for 2019 with Fremantle.

Although he is happy at the club, he has said he won’t consider signing a contract extension beyond then until the end of the year. Contracted until the end of 2019.

Brad Hill – After a difficult year off the field, there’s been some speculation that he could sensationally request a trade to come back to Victoria, most likely to the club he won three premierships with, Hawthorn.

Ed Langdon – Melbourne in particular and also St Kilda, Collingwood and North Melbourne have an interest in the Victorian Docker. There’s no suggestion just yet that he would want to return home. His brother Tom plays for Collingwood. Contracted until the end of 2019.

Aaron Sandilands – West Coast are reportedly sounding out the veteran ruckman to join them for 2019 as cover for Nic Naitanui’s injury. It’s not clear whether or not Fremantle have offered him a deal to stay a Docker next year. Unrestricted free agent.

Geelong Cats

George Horlin-Smith – Gold Coast reportedly have an interest in the midfielder who has never been able to find a settled place in Geelong’s best 22. Unrestricted free agent.

Tim Kelly – West Coast have tabled an offer worth $1.5 million over three years for Kelly to return home to Western Australia, and Fremantle are also known to be in the market for him if he wishes to come home. The Cats have said they don’t want to trade him, but would consider the humanitarian angle. Contracted until the end of 2019.

Tim Kelly

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Daniel Menzel – St Kilda have emerged as a suitor for Menzel, potentially willing to offer him a contract of greater length and remuneration than he currently is getting from Geelong. Was open to a move elsewhere at the end of last year but didn’t ultimately get any offers, and re-signed with Geelong on a one-year deal reportedly worth about $180,000 – less than half of the AFL average wage. Menzel’s manager says another opposition club, outside of St Kilda, has also shown interest in Menzel. Unrestricted free agent.

Gold Coast Suns

Will Brodie – Carlton and North Melbourne have been linked to the 2016 draftee, who has not been able to establish himself in Gold Coast’s best side. Contracted until the end of 2020.

Aaron Hall – Seems a virtual certainty to return to Victoria. North Melbourne is reportedly his most likely destination, but Carlton and St Kilda are also known to have an interest. Out of contract.

Tom J Lynch – Has officially confirmed he will be returning home to Victoria at the end of the season, and it is widely expected that he will join the Richmond Tigers despite also being pursued by Collingwood, Hawthorn and St Kilda. His manager says the Magpies and Hawks are still in the conversation. Restricted free agent.

Tom Lynch Gold Coast Suns AFL 2017

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Steven May – May says he doesn’t intend to seek a trade home to Victoria despite speculation that there is interest in him from Collingwood, though has said if the clubs wants to trade him ‘that would be a conversation we’d have to have’. Contracted until the end of 2019.

Jack Scrimshaw – Carlton are reportedly eyeing off the 2016 draftee, who has not been able to establish himself in Gold Coast’s best side. Contracted until the end of 2020.

David Swallow – Swallow is reportedly open to a return home to Western Australia with Fremantle in particular showing interest, either via trade this year or as a free agent at the end of next. Contracted until the end of 2019.

GWS Giants

Stephen Coniglio – Hawthorn are reportedly making plans to target him at the end of next year. Contracted until the end of 2019.

Josh Kelly – Heavily targetted by North Melbourne last year but decided to re-sign with GWS on a short-term deal. Some believe that he is certain to become a North Melbourne player in the future, but it’s not clear when. Contracted until the end of 2019.

Will Setterfield – Essendon and Carlton are interested in the young midfielder who has missed the entire 2018 season due to an ACL. Although contracted, GWS may consider letting him go in order to ease salary cap pressure. Contracted until the end of 2020.

Dylan Shiel – Despite stating that he has no interest in returning to Victoria at the end of the year, speculation continues that he could request a trade. Hawthorn, Essendon and Carlton are the clubs he has been linked with. He will be a free agent at the end of 2019 if he remains with the Giants. Contracted until the end of 2019.

Dylan Shiel

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Adam Tomlinson – Targetted by St Kilda in last year’s trade period but Giants refused to do a deal. The Saints or another team may try again in 2018. Contracted until the end of 2019.

Hawthorn Hawks

Cyril Rioli – Rioli’s manager has confirmed that four clubs contacted him with interested in bringing the retired Hawk back into the game, but said that he will not consider reneging on his decision to retire. It was rumoured that Luke Hodge was making an effort to bring him to the Brisbane Lions, but Hodge has personally denied this. Brisbane and Melbourne are believed to have been two of the four clubs interested. Rioli’s contract before announcing his retirement was until the end of the 2019 season. His contract before announcing his retirement was until the end of the 2019 season.

Melbourne Demons

Jesse Hogan – Although there’s no indication as yet that he wants to leave Melbourne, Fremantle are reportedly planning to heavily target him when he comes out of contract next year. Contracted until the end of 2019.

Jesse Hogan

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Dom Tyson – Essendon and Carlton have been thrown up as potential destinations for the out-of-favour midfielder if he does consider moving clubs in search of more opportunity at the end of the season. Contracted until the end of 2019.

North Melbourne Kangaroos

Braydon Preuss – The Kangaroos ruckman has described himself as ‘pissed off’ not to be getting a game in the seniors, but is happy at the club and looks more likely to be patient for an opportunity rather than seek a trade. Contracted until the end of 2020.

Port Adelaide Power

Joe Atley – North Melbourne is reportedly looking to bring across the young midfield prospect to join his brother, Shaun, at the Kangaroos. Out of contract.

Jared Polec – Seems likely to join North Melbourne via trade at the end of the year on a deal reportedly worth about $3.5 million over five years. Port Adelaide have said a trade would need to involve North’s first round pick. St Kilda and Sydney are also known to be interested. Out of contract.

Richmond Tigers

Shai Bolton – Has put off contract talks until the end of the year. If he decides not to re-sign with Richmond, the young small forward would seem most likely to return home to either the West Coast Eagles or the Fremantle Dockers. Out of contract.

Jacob Townsend – Premiership player’s future at the club reportedly may depend on whether or not the Tigers sign Tom J Lynch at the end of the year. Out of contract.

St Kilda Saints

Sam Gilbert – Wants to play on next year whether it’s at the Saints, or anywhere else that will give him a chance. Unrestricted free agent.

Sydney Swans

Jake Lloyd – The Gold Coast Suns are making an audacious bid to pry him away from Sydney with a contract offer reportedly worth an extra million over the length of the deal compared to what the Swans have offered.

He has knocked back two contract offers from Sydney so far this season and wants a bigger deal, might consider moving elsewhere to get it. Out of contract.

Jarrad McVeigh – Says he wants to play on in 2019 despite coach John Longmire saying the plan is for him to retire. Gold Coast and Essendon have both expressed an interested in him if he wants to continue his career at another club. Unrestricted free agent.

Nic Newman – Has impressed at AFL level but doesn’t appear to be a part of John Longmire’s best 22. He may look to request a trade home to Victoria at the end of the year. Out of contract.

Dan Hannebery – St Kilda have reportedly tabled a five-year contract offer and are confident of landing Hannebery’s signature during the trade period. The Saints have publicly confirmed their interest in him. The three-time All Australian has committed to Sydney longterm but might consider a fresh start at a new club after a difficult 2018. Contracted until the end of 2021.

Dan Hannebery

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West Coast Eagles

Andrew Gaff – It appears to be a choice between West Coast or North Melbourne for Andrew Gaff, as the Roos have offered a deal reportedly worth $1.2 million per year, significantly more than West Coast’s offer which is believed to be around $850,000.

Melbourne, St Kilda and Carlton have all been touted as being in the race for him in the past but the latest reports are that Gaff has narrowed his decision down to North or the Eagles.

Some reports suggest that Essendon is a ‘dark horse’ in the race to secure his services, but others claim the Bombers are not pursuing him at all. The latter is likely more credible.

He won’t play again in 2018 after copping an eight-week suspension for striking Andrew Brayshaw. Restricted free agent.

Andrew Gaff West Coast Eagles AFL

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Scott Lycett – It’s considered by some to be a ‘done deal’ that he will move to St Kilda by free agency, with the Saints’ financial offer likely significantly sweeter than anyone else bidding for his services. Had also been linked with Port Adelaide. Restricted free agent.

Western Bulldogs

Luke Dahlhaus – Wants to stay at the Bulldogs but club and player appear to be some distance apart in terms of length and size of contract. Geelong appear to be his most likely suitor if he is open to changing clubs. Won’t play again this year due to an ankle injury. Unrestricted free agent.

Tim English – West Coast are reportedly considering making a play for the WA-born ruck prospect if they lose Scott Lycett to free agency. Contracted until the end of 2020.

Tom Liberatore – Declared after his ACL injury that he intends to stay with the club and sign a long-term deal, but negotiations have been put on hold during the early phase of his recovery. Unrestricted free agent.

Jordan Roughead – Open to moving to a new club at the end of the year as he has spent the majority of this season in the VFL. His manager says he’s been approached by ‘a number of clubs’. St Kilda are known to be interested. Restricted free agent.

Mitch Wallis – Has emphatically declared that he loves the club and wants to stay, but isn’t sure if it will happen. Has been linked with all of Essendon, Brisbane and Gold Coast as potential destinations via free agency if he does decide to move. Unrestricted free agent.

Last updated: 19 August, 2018