AFL: Unrestricted Free Agents

The AFL have changed the dates for Free Agency to allow grand finalists time to think about their recruiting decisions.

It will now begin on Friday October 4th and will finish on the 25th of October.

Here is a list of each and every unrestricted free agent remaining:

Jason Porplyzia: Porplyzia has struggled with injuries and form this season and was again dropped for the recent Showdown against Port Adelaide. His future at the Crows remains in doubt.

Simon Black: The 2002 Brownlow Medallist will retire at the end of the season.

Jonathan Brown: Brown suffered yet another injury against St Kilda, which should see him retire at the end of the season, although he is yet to make a decision about playing on.

Heath Scotland: After being charged with assault at the beginning of the season, Scotland was banned for two home and away season games, although he has only missed one game since. He hasn’t been as prolific this year, although his last few outings have been impressive. At 33 years of age, he should receive another one year contract.

Alan Didak: Didak has only managed to break into the Collingwood side on two occasions this year, although he has stated that he wants to play on next year. Didak could receive a one-year contract with the Pies, although most clubs won’t be interested.

Dustin Fletcher

Will Dustin Fletcher play on?
Source: Herald Sun

Dustin Fletcher: Fletcher is the eldest player in the AFL at 38 years of age, and currently sits at 378 games. With one more season he could join Kevin Bartlett and Michael Tuck in the prestigious 400 club, although he is yet to make a decision on his future.

David Hille: The out-of-favour Essendon Ruckman is stuck on 196 games and has managed only 3 games this season, spending most of the year in the reserves. Hille looks set to retire at seasons end.

Nathan Lovett-Murray: Lovett-Murray was involved in a mid-season controversy in May after he was stabbed at a local residence, and has only managed two games for the season. At age 30, it is unlikely he will receive a contract extension and will be forced to retire.

Jason Winderlich: Winderlich’s form in 2013 has been impressive after struggling to return from an ACL injury he suffered in 2011. Should be offered a two-year contract at the Dons, although he hasn’t received any external interest as of yet, and is on the Dons’ current injury list.

Paul Chapman: Chapman has been injured for the better part of 2013, and although his 2012 season was solid, the triple premiership player may look to retire at 31 years of age.

Joel Corey: Speculation surrounded Corey last year, suggesting he may retire at seasons end, although he has continued to play at a high level, and has missed only three games this season. He is 31, and yet to announce his retirement, although he may have one more year in him.

Corey Enright: Alike fellow teammate Joel Corey, Enright has played almost every game this season, and shows no sign of giving it up at the age of 31. Retirement or a one-year contract is his only options.

Josh Hunt: Unlike Enright and Corey, Hunt has struggled on occasions in 2013. He is also at the age of 31, and has been out of the side for their previous two matches. Expect him to retire as Geelong look to promote younger players.

Mathew Stokes: Stokes, 28, has had his best season to date. He currently averages over 25 disposals and should receive a contract extension with the Cats. Stokes could be on GWS’ radar, although they are expected to chase bigger fish. Geelong should extend his contract, and with a number of players set to retire or join the veterans list they should have no concern in terms of salary cap space.

Max Bailey: Bailey has struggled with injury his whole career, managing only 38 games since joining the Hawks eight years ago. This season he has played 14 games, just two shy of his previous best. With Hawthorn still struggling in the ruck department, expect them to resign Bailey on a one or two year contract. Most clubs will show little interest in the injury-riddled ruckman.

Xavier Ellis: Ellis looks certain to be delisted. Ellis has played only two games this year after six in the previous season, and could potentially retire at the young age of 25 in what has been an injury-plagued career.

Brent Guerra: Prior to his 250th game against Richmond in Round 19, Guerra told News Limited he is hoping to play on next year. Guerra’s form has been good enough to suggest he will receive a one-year contract extension.

Michael Osborne:  Osborne is 31 years of age, has played five games this year and is playing in arguably the best forward line in the competition. All signs suggest he will retire.

Will Colin Sylvia remain a one-club player?
Source: Herald Sun

Colin Sylvia: The future of Demon Colin Sylvia has received a great deal of media interest, despite claiming he wishes to remain a one-club player. Sylvia’s management has been negotiating a deal with the football club, although a number of sides are expected to show interest in the 27-year old.

Michael Firrito: Firrito was recently dropped from North Melbourne’s side, and will return from injury via the VFL. Brad Scott said they are yet to discuss the 29 year olds future. His last few games may influence whether or not he receives a contract extension. Firrito will only sign with the Roos after playing over 200 games for them.

Brent Harvey: North Melbourne midfielder Brent Harvey is playing with the exact same intensity and desire to win as he did when he joined the AFL, some 18 years ago. His outstanding form suggests he will receive another one-year contract at worst.

Tom Logan: Logan has been in and out of Port Adelaide’s side over the last two seasons, trying to find form in the SANFL. At 28 years of age, he is a tough defender that could appeal to a club like GWS who look to gain experienced players.

Matt Thomas: Richmond made a bid for him at the end of last season although they were unsuccessful, and may again approach the Port Adelaide midfielder. Thomas has only managed four games in 2013 and has struggled with consistency.

Luke McGuane: McGuane, 26, has reinvigorated his career after making the move forward at Richmond. Despite an injury niggle in the latter part of the season; he should have done enough to earn himself a new contract and may attract attention from opposition clubs.

Shane Tuck: Tuck has played as the sub for Richmond in a number of recent games, and has not been able to capture his 2012 form. At 31 years of age, he will most likely retire at seasons end.

Matt White: White’s form of 2013 has seen him remove the dreaded green substitute vest and has allowed him to reach the 100-game milestone. He could attract interest from clubs looking to inject pace, and Richmond will be more focussed on signing young star Dustin Martin.

Jason Blake: Blake, 32, has only managed four games this year and looks to be on the out at St Kilda. Chances are that he will be forced to retire at seasons end.

Lenny Hayes: Hayes, alike every other veteran footballer has told the media he is yet to make a decision on his playing future, and will make a decision after Round 23.

Justin Koschitzke: Will he reach the 200-game milestone? The St Kilda forward sits on 199 games and has recently told the media he hasn’t enjoyed playing football for years. Kosi will retire at seasons end, 200 games or not.

Stephen Milne: Milne’s season has been sub-par to say the least, both on and off the field. The 33-year old small forward will most likely retire at seasons end as St Kilda head into a stage of re-building.

Jude Bolton: Bolton has surprised everyone with another solid season in the forward line, producing his normal toughness and unbelievable work rate. He should retire at season’s end, especially if the Swans make the grand final.

Dylan Addison: Addison, 25, has only managed 87 games in his 8 seasons at the Dogs. Addison is keen to play on, although is yet to receive a contract extension.

Daniel Cross: Cross has struggled with form a little bit in 2013, and may look to retire at seasons end. Cross is 30 years of age and is unlikely to receive interest from other clubs.

Daniel Giansiracusa: The 31-year old Bulldog is rumoured to want to pursue a role as an assistant coach in 2014, although the teams’ recent form may persuade him to play on.

Click here to read about the current list of restricted free agents.

Blake Gray is a second-year Bachelor of Journalism (Sport) student.

You can follow him on twitter: @blake_gray14


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