The first of two deregistered free agency windows will open on Wednesday as a stack of names try to rejuvenate their AFL careers at rival clubs.
Wednesday will see the kickoff of the first period and will last until November 9, while the second period will begin on November 11 (after a day of list filing on November 10) and last until November 15.
Players who have been written off can join any club that offers them a contract and would therefore avoid having to make the AFL Draft later this month.
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Jarrod Brander has officially joined Great West Sydney – a move first reported by foxfooty.com.au.
The former Eagle’s versatility may have been counteractive during his time on the West Coast as he struggled to establish himself in any position on the pitch.
Brander, who has played 22 AFL games including 11 career best appearances in 2021, had sparked interest from rival clubs, it was the Giants who ultimately landed the former No.13 pick.
In the run-up to the DFA period, foxfooty.com.au ruled over some of the top competitors looking for new homes:
Charlie Constable (Geelong cats)
Even though Geelong maintains he could take him back as a rookie if the other clubs don’t bite, it’s really weird to see Charlie Constable written off. The 22-year-old played three senior games to start the year, but quickly found himself away once more as veterans Geelong gained the upper hand. He continued to dominate at the VFL level, finishing third in the team’s best and fairest number at the end of the year and doing all he could to break into the senior roster. It’s virtually impossible to see how Constable won’t play for an AFL club in 2022 given the untapped potential he still offers at 22 and the impressive insights he has given in the 12 senior games he has been playing. he has managed so far in his career. A stack of clubs could benefit Constable – the Adelaide crows midfielder could use a little more talent to support Rory Sloane and Rory Laird and the Sydney swans could use a little more midfield talent to help ease some of the load from veterans Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker.
Michael Gibbons (Carlton)
It would have been difficult for the Carlton faithful to see Michael Gibbons written off, let alone Gibbons himself. The fan favorite entered Carlton’s senior squad in 2019 after a long, long road, during which he won two JJ Liston medals for best player in the VFL. The fact that he did so as a midfielder before being almost exclusively deployed as a forward for the Blues makes his time at the club all the more impressive. After a few years of unwavering efforts and commitment to being the best possible player, Gibbons was promoted to the senior roster for the 2021 season. He once again performed admirably as a mid-sized forward in 2021, scoring eight goals in 11 games and racking up more than his fair share of football. Matt Owies’ break-up year was notable, however, and Gibbons was later written off by the Blues, who bizarrely told him they believed his best position was as a midfielder. He has a lot to offer any club looking for a crafty striker or someone to support the midfield.
Oliver Hanrahan (Hawthorn)
The small forward found himself a victim of change as Sam Mitchell made his mark in his first offseason as Hawthorn coach. He burst onto the scene in 2019 after being drafted in 2017 as a rookie, voted the Hawks’ top freshman. Played 13 games in 2021 and scored eight goals. He’s still only 23 and could be worth a volley kick for clubs that need a little daring in the front row. St kilda were one of the worst teams in the competition to score in the 1950s, but Jack Lonie was shown the door anyway, so another small forward is an unlikely target. The worst team in this department was North Melbourne and they could use someone like Hanrahan given that he fits David Noble’s age profile.
Hamish Hartlett (Port Adelaide)
Hartlett has a lot to offer in terms of leadership and experience, at least. The veteran defender / midfielder was let go by Power with 193 AFL games to his name, falling out of favor in 2021 to make just 10 senior appearances. As he turns 32 next year, Hartlett could be a perfect pickup for a young team looking for a leader to drive the standards. The Suns of the Côte d’Or would be perfect for Hartlett, where he could provide a running back. Although even if he lands somewhere in 2022, it’s hard to imagine Hartlett playing too much more senior football.
Levi Casboult (Carlton)
The Big Man has been one of the best contested brands in the game when up and running and has been able to rejuvenate his career on several occasions at Carlton. Sadly, the Blues didn’t have a spot on their roster for 2022, but he’s on the verge of finding a home in the Gold Coast Suns, as revealed by foxfooty.com.au. Grownups that can cut into the ruck are a popular commodity in modern football, which improved Casboult’s chances of being picked up. The Suns brought in Mabior Chol via free agency, but ruck injuries plagued the team in 2021, so it won’t hurt them to have another on the books.
Brayden Sier (Collingwood)
After an impressive 12-game streak in Collingwood’s 2018 Grand Final campaign – the most games he has played in a season – Sier struggled to consolidate a place again in the Top 22 of the Magpies. Adam Treloar’s offload by Collingwood at the end of 2020 was potentially partly over in hopes that Sier would provide more opportunities in the midfield, but he only made seven appearances and didn’t really have it. appreciated at senior level. Despite this, the full-bodied midfielder is only 23 years old and could thrive in a new environment. Essendon is looking for more contested possession-winning midfielders and Sier could fit that mold while costing the Bombers nothing in the draft. Carlton is another team that has been beaten in contested possessions, having the fourth-worst rating of any club in the competition. They are related to virtually everyone, but the Suns of the Côte d’Or could also benefit from a little more inner growl.
Jack Lonie (St Kilda)
The Saints parted ways with Lonie after 85 AFL games in seven seasons. The small forward has never been a regular member of the senior St Kilda squad, but has truly fallen out of favor in 2021, with nine games at his career low. Lonie has had her AFL-level moments throughout her career, but hasn’t been able to string consistent forms together and hasn’t been able to respond to a game-based trigger for a 2022 contract. That, coupled with the arrival of Jack Higgins in the same role, made another year for the Saints too difficult to achieve. However, he scored 73 goals during the trip and could be a good choice for a club looking for a small striker. Lonie has been linked with several rivals over the course of his career, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see a club try their luck with the 25-year-old. Essendon could benefit from another astute goalie to fit in alongside Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti and feed off contests created by Peter Wright. He would be much cheaper than Bobby Hill, who the club tried and failed to squeeze into this trading period.
Aaron vandenBerg (Melbourne)
Vandenberg has been hampered by injuries throughout his career with the Demons, having played just 21 games in the past three seasons. Despite this, the ball player has always been a reliable performer and considered a great clubman. He is emerging as a good choice for a club looking for a leader to set high standards who can play both in the midfield and up front. Working against Vandenberg is the fact that he will be 30 in the first round next year. But his information about the demons during their rise could increase his inventory and provide additional value. Hailing from New South Wales, VandenBerg could help strengthen the Sydney Swans midfielder now that they are without George Hewett and Jordan Dawson, or offer Great West Sydney a little more firepower in the middle department.
Mark Hutchings (West Coast Eagles)
Hutchings has been one of the game’s top scorers in recent years, perhaps most notably when he stopped Steele Sidebottom in the 2018 West Coast Grand Final victory over Collingwood. Sadly, the 30-year-old has fallen out of favor in Adam Simpson’s top 22 over the past two seasons with injuries playing a role, where he has only played six games. And the fact that he turns 31 next year could deter clubs, as the scoring role is apparently fading from the game. But Hutchings could be an ideal choice for a club looking for a midfielder. defensive ground. Carlton are a team that lacks defensive integrity and the recruiting of George Hewett has helped fill that void – Hutchings could be another good acquisition. St kilda have been trapped in the counterattack countless times in 2021 – Hutchings is someone who could provide some sort of stopgap in this area.
Trent Dumont (Melbourne North)
At 26, there is still plenty of football left at Dumont and, like Luke Dunstan at St Kilda, he just seemed to fall out of favor with the senior coach. Some calf injuries this year have held him back, but he has shown more than enough in his 113 senior appearances to warrant interest from rival clubs. A true winger, foxfooty.com.au revealed in September that Port Adelaide was a club interested in obtaining his services. Essendon is another one who could benefit from a little momentum on the wing.
James Cousins (Hawthorn)
Cousins’ delisting is somewhat of a shock considering he’s in the right age bracket for the Hawks and has offered a lot when given the opportunity. Like Constable, Cousins is a player who struggled to break into the senior squad, but performed well whenever he managed to grab an opportunity. The 23-year-old can bring more depth to the midfield to clubs that need it – again, Essendon Should at least take a look at this written off player to get a cheap option to bolster the midfielder.