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.
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.
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
Matt De Boer*
^Previously a free agent