Are these (almost) free agents gettable? Meet 2020s pre-agents – AFL

The contract freeze stays in place as the AFL and AFL Players Association start to resolve how the pandemic could alter the cumulative bargaining contract.

This year is different in a lot of methods, however COVID-19s effect wont stop clubs from hunting players who are just a year away from totally free company eligibility.

BRAD Crouchs interest in joining Gold Coast last year came out of the blue however belonged to a much larger pattern.

Frequently, like in 2018 when pre-agents Dylan Shiel, Lachie Neale, Steven May and Chad Wingard moved clubs, they are more active individuals of the off-season than the free representatives.

” I think what were finding increasingly more is gamers and their supervisors are exploring their choices a year prior to totally free firm to see if they can put pressure on their existing club either to get a brand-new agreement or to get moved,” Cameron said.

Behind the scenes, with list supervisors all back at their clubs, discussions are ramping up about who could be available and on the move.

The power of the pre-agent is strong. The pre-agent is a player who will become a totally free agent in another year, thus ticking over from 7 to 8 years of service and being able to leave and sign up with a competitor.

This years group of pre-agents (all signed up until the end of 2021) is star-studded. Carlton co-captain Patrick Cripps remains in there, as is Western Bulldogs skipper Marcus Bontempelli.

By weighing a relocation somewhere else a year before free agency hits, the player can require a contract extension from his existing club, or the club can seek to trade him a year before he reaches complimentary firm status to ensure it gets a much better deal than a single compensation pick under complimentary firm guidelines.

A year out of becoming a free representative, which he will be at the end of this season, the Adelaide midfielder surveyed his options.

The Suns were shocked, but as Gold Coast list boss Craig Cameron informed last month, it was indicative of a pattern.

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St Kilda gun Jack Billings, Essendons Zach Merrett and Adelaides Matt Crouch are amongst the names, with Crouch returning to the Crows side last weekend after being come by new coach Matthew Nicks.

Orazio Fantasia forms as one of the most fascinating pre-agents this year. The Bombers forward pondered a relocation to Port Adelaide last year with 2 years remaining on his contract, but eventually chose remaining at Tullamarine.

Adelaide protectors Rory Laird and Brodie Smith are likewise pre-agents this year, as is Richmond dual premiership defender Nick Vlastuin.

Melbournes Christian Salem and North defender Luke McDonald, who silenced Bontempelli on the weekend, are amongst the group, as is West Coasts premiership hero Dom Sheed.

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Nevertheless Kelly, under an unconventional agreement option, can instantly devote to an additional eight years with the Giants if he accepts the long-term handle 2021.


Sydney midfielder George Hewett falls in this group as does Cats protector Jake Kolodjashnij, while Gold Coasts Sean Lemmens has actually been squeezed out of the Suns side. Saint Luke Dunstan, another pre-agent, is injured on the sidelines.

A number of other club captains, such as Sydneys Luke Parker, Melbournes Max Gawn, Norths Jack Ziebell, Geelongs Joel Selwood and Brisbanes Dayne Zorko, also sit as pre-agents this year. However given their age they do not have the exact same capacity to promote long-lasting extensions a year prior to they strike complimentary firm, which is a crucial aspect of the pre-agency movement..

Since his agreement expires at the end of 2021, Greater Western Sydney star midfielder Josh Kelly technically qualifies as a pre-agent this year.

There are more products of the 2013 NAB AFL Draft who form as pre-agent targets this season.

Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide), Luke Breust (Hawthorn) and Jamie Elliott (Collingwood) being in the same classification.

Daniher was a pre-agent when he requested a trade to Sydney last season, however can join the Swans as a (restricted) totally free representative this time around. The Daniher situation may be instructional for the Bombers in a number of ways if Fantasia asks to be traded with a year to run prior to he strikes complimentary firm.

Adelaide– Matt Crouch, Rory Laird, Brodie SmithBrisbane– Dayne ZorkoCarlton– Patrick CrippsCollingwood– Jamie ElliottEssendon– Orazio Fantasia, Zach MerrettGeelong– Jake Kolodjashnij, Joel SelwoodHawthorn– Luke BreustGold Coast– Sean LemmensGreater Western Sydney– Matt Buntine, Josh KellyMelbourne– Max Gawn, Christian SalemNorth Melbourne– Luke McDonald, Trent Dumont, Jack ZiebellPort Adelaide– Robbie GrayRichmond– David Astbury, Kamdyn McIntosh, Nick VlastuinSt Kilda– Jack Billings, Luke DunstanSydney– Aliir Aliir, George Hewett, Luke ParkerWest Coast– Dom SheedWestern Bulldogs– Marcus Bontempelli.