AFL’s official list of free agents revealed as two shocks among EIGHT in big-money bracket

The AFL has released its official list of restricted and unrestricted players out of contract at the end of 2022, with two big shocks in the big-money bracket.

Brisbane’s Darcy Gardiner and Fremantle’s Alex Pearce have joined the likes of Sydney’s superstar Lance Franklin and Collingwood’s Jordan de Goey as restricted free agents at the end of the season.

Restricted free agents are players who are in the top 25 per cent of their club’s earners and come out of contract after their eighth or ninth season at the club.

SEE THE FULL LIST OF PLAYERS AVAILABLE IN 2022 BELOW

Franklin will be out of contract at the end of 2022, as his nine-year $10 million deal comes to an end at the Swans. Sydney club management have previously spoken about their wish for Franklin to continue on in 2023 – should he remain willing and fit.

De Goey remains this year’s biggest name in restricted free agency, with rivals expected to offer the Pies star more than $800,000 per season.

Melbourne’s Angus Brayshaw is another player to keep a close eye on as the Demons look to lock down their premiership roster – but whether they have enough salary cap space to keep all their stars remains to be seen, with young Luke Jackson targeted by WA clubs.

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James Sicily is reportedly close to signing a new deal with Hawthorn, while Essendon’s Kyle Langford and Richmond’s Kane Lambert also qualify for restricted free agency.

Of the 110 players on the free agency list for 2022, 102 are unrestricted free agents.

Unrestricted free agents are players who have previously been delisted, are in the bottom 75 per cent of the club’s salary or have served 10 or more years at a club.

They are able to move to a new club, without giving their current club the option to match their deal.

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RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS IN 2022

Brisbane: Darcy Gardiner
Collingwood: Jordan De Goey
Essendon: Kyle Langford
Fremantle: Alex Pearce
Hawthorn: James Sicily
Melbourne: Angus Brayshaw
Richmond: Kane Lambert
Sydney: Lance Franklin

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS IN 2022

ADELAIDE

Ben Davis*
Mitch Hinge*
Taylor Walker

BRISBANE

Ryan Lester
Daniel McStay
Mitch Robinson*
Dayne Zorko

CARLTON

Matt Cottrell*
Ed Curnow
Oscar McDonald*
Jack Newnes^
Lochie O‘Brien*

COLLINGWOOD

Isaac Chugg*
Mason Cox
Jamie Elliott
Jordan Roughead^

ESSENDON

Dyson Heppell
Michael Hurley
Alec Waterman*

FREMANTLE

Bailey Banfield*
Connor Blakely*
Mitch Crowden*
David Mundy

GEELONG

Luke Dahlhaus^
Tom Hawkins
Shaun Higgins^
Joel Selwood
Isaac Smith^

GOLD COAST

Levi Casboult*
Charlie Constable*
Jez McLennan*

GWS

Jarrod Brander*
Matt De Boer*
Lachlan Keeffe*
Adam Kennedy
Daniel Lloyd*
Zach Sproule*
Jake Stein*
Jacob Wehr*

HAWTHORN

Jack Gunston
Kyle Hartigan*
Daniel Howe
Ben McEvoy
Liam Shiels

MELBOURNE

Mitch Brown*
Majak Daw*
Jayden Hunt

NORTH MELBOURNE

Ben Cunnington
Todd Goldstein
Kyron Hayden*
Tom Lynch*
Kayne Turner
Josh Walker*

PORT ADELAIDE

Karl Amon
Travis Boak
Trent Dumont*
Robbie Gray
Sam Mayes*
Trent McKenzie*
Steven Motlop^
Sam Skinner*

RICHMOND

Trent Cotchin
Shane Edwards
Ben Miller*
Bigoa Nyuon*
Matthew Parker*
Jack Riewoldt

ST KILDA

Tom Campbell*
Jarryn Geary
Darragh Joyce*
Jarrod Lienert*
Mason Wood*

SYDNEY

Harry Cunningham
Robbie Fox*
Josh Kennedy
Jake Lloyd
Paddy McCartin*
Sam Naismith
Sam Reid
Lewis Taylor*

WEST COAST

Hugh Dixon*
Shannon Hurn
Jamaine Jones*
Tom Joyce*
Josh Kennedy
Patrick Naish*
Nic Naitanui
Jackson Nelson
Luke Shuey
Luke Strnadica*

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Zaine Cordy
Bailey Dale
Caleb Daniel
Taylor Duryea^
Jason Johannisen
Stefan Martin^
Toby McLean
Mitch Wallis

*Previously delisted
^Previously a free agent

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