Free Agency Explained

Free Agency Explained

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Confused by free agency? Ponder no longer…

Since 2012, free agency has been a major part of the AFL player exchange period.

In 2019, we have seen the implementation of some changes to Free Agency previously agreed between the AFL and AFLPA. The new conditions are as follows:

  • The condition that a player must have come out of contract after eight years to then qualify for Unrestricted Free Agency at 10 years has been removed (irrespective of when a player had signed his previous contract, all ten-year players are Unrestricted Free Agents);
  • A Player who at any time becomes or has previously become a Free Agent will be a Free Agent at the end of each subsequent Standard Playing Contract. Furthermore, they will be considered an Unrestricted Free Agent regardless of their ranking on the Club’s Primary List; and
  • Any Player taken in the 2019 Mid-Season Rookie Draft, who was previously delisted by an AFL Club, has been included on the 2019 Free Agency List.

Or such other changes proposed by AFL and agreed by AFLPA.

As the 2019 period opens, here’s everything you need to know about how the system works.

Free agency explained

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