List of free agents, day 1 of free agency, first shot, Karl Amon, Jayden Hunt, Jordan De Goey
The AFL free agency window opens on Friday, paving the way for several stars to find new homes.
Big names include Karl Amon and Jack Gunston, the former having officially signed his new contract with Hawthorn.
Foxfooty.com.au breaks down the big free agents still on the market who could act first as deals begin at 9:00 a.m. EST.
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Port Adelaide to Hawthorn
Amon and Daniel McStay were the two certainties to leave at the end of the season, and the former was the first deal to be done once free agency opened on Friday. Amon attracted interest from several clubs, including Carlton, Melbourne and St Kilda, but ultimately settled on Hawthorn as his destination. He will join them on a four-year deal worth nearly $650,000 per season. Port Adelaide’s compensation is set to be in the second round of the draft and could well be part of a deal for potential signing Junior Rioli. Amon had a stellar season in 2022 when virtually everyone knew he would be playing on the wing elsewhere in 2023. He topped the team’s vote for the Brownlow Medal.
From Brisbane to Collingwood
McStay will arrive in Collingwood on a deal worth $3 million over five years. That’s a lot of money for a player who has been scoreless in nine of his 22 games this year and has yet to score 30 goals in a season, but the Pies will back him as a great striker. size that may ease some of the pressure on Brody Mihocek. McStay’s versatility also means he could step back when needed and play a similar role to the now-retired Jordan Roughead. From the outside, McStay gets paid, but that’s often the case when you want to sign players from another club and you can hardly blame McStay for accepting the deal.
Hawthorn in Brisbane
A decision Gunston has thought about, but ultimately he wants the lifestyle change that so many cited when they decided to move to Queensland. He ended up turning down a two-year contract with the Hawks and will join the Lions like his former teammates Luke Hodge and Grant Birchall before him. He won’t have the longevity of Daniel McStay, but Gunston may well offer more in the immediate future than future Pie – while McStay is yet to score 30 goals in a season, Gunston has eight times, including including a run of 32 goals in 16 games in 2022. Getting his body straight will be key after campaigns cut short by injuries this year and last, but the Lions’ record on the matter is renowned.
Collingwood… in St. Kilda?
The hardest free agent to pick. Essendon would still be in the running for De Goey’s services, but St Kilda have long been favorites to poach him if he turns his back on Collingwood. Much of De Goey’s future in the AFL centers on the behavioral clause of Collingwood’s five-year deal which has been tabled. Despite his checkered history, De Goey will be paid handsomely at any club he plays for in 2023 and beyond. His ability as a footballer is undisputed and he will likely be questioned very well by Collingwood’s best and fairest on Friday night in the matches he has played on the pitch. The problem for De Goey is that signing him is not just an on-field call, but also an off-field call. He will turn 27 at the start of next season and should be nearing the peak of his powers. Its future will shape St Kilda’s trading period as well as that of Collingwood.
UPDATE: De Goey signed a new five-year contract with the Pies on Friday.
From Melbourne to the West Coast
An unrestricted free agent, Hunt is expected to join the Eagles. He met Eagles manager Adam Simpson and the 27-year-old looks set to pursue his career elsewhere, having been unable to secure a regular senior squad spot in recent years. He would provide plenty of dash off defense for the Eagles on a team that needs more running. Hunt has played 114 games for Melbourne since being drafted the No. 57 pick in 2013. He doesn’t rack up eliminations, but gains a lot of yards with the ball in hand. It’s effectively a free hit for the Eagles given his free agency status.
Carlton (sort of) at the Western Bulldogs
After a year out of the system, constrained by his own decision not to get a Covid shot, Jones has been declared an unrestricted free agent, meaning he can easily move to the Bulldogs and the Blues can be given a pick of compensation. It should be around a third-round pick (roughly 47) that could help wrap up Blake Acres’ trade with Fremantle. Back at his old club, Jones can really help a failed Bulldogs back line; he was the No. 1 interceptor in the game in 2021.
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Others including Carlton’s Ed CurnowGeelong Tom HawkinSydney’s Jake Lloyd and the west coast Shannon Hurn are expected to re-sign with their current clubs, but either the exact details are still being worked out or the deals have yet to be publicly confirmed by the team.
FULL AFL FREE AGENT LIST (unrestricted unless otherwise stated)
Ben Davis (Adelaide Crows)
Ryan Lester (Brisbane Lions)
Jordan De Goey (Collingwood, restricted)
Mitch Crowden (Fremantle)
Tom Hawkins (Geelong Cats)
Levi Casboult (Gold Coast Suns)
Charlie Constable (Gold Coast Suns)
Jack Gunston (Hawthorn)
Jayden Hunt (Melbourne)
Kayne Turner (North Melbourne)
Josh Walker (North Melbourne)
Bigoa Nyuon (Richmond)
Jarrod Lienert (St Kilda)
Mason Wood (St Kilda)
Harry Cunningham (Sydney Swans)
Jake Lloyd (Sydney Swans)
Lewis Taylor (Sydney Swans)
Shannon Hurn (West Coast Eagles)
Zaine Cordy (Western Bulldogs)
Taylor Duryea (Western Bulldogs)
Stefan Martin (Western Bulldogs)
Mitch Wallis (Western Bulldogs)