The Real Season: 10 Sep – 16 Sep

The Real Season – Clubs continue to search for the Premiership formula through the Draft, Trade Period & Free Agency, follow all the moves & stories right here:

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16 Sep – GWS Giants

“It’s a minimum of a million dollars that they need to move out on their budget for 2019 and it may well be as high as two million dollars” @barrettdamian on GWS salary cap issues via @triplemfooty on Saturday

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16 Sep – GWS Giants

“I still expect him to leave GWS.. enough ground work was done by his management to know what’s available for him, there’s opportunities everywhere” @barrettdamian on Dylan Shiel via @triplemfooty on Saturday

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16 Sep – West Coast

“I don’t see West Coast matching the offer even though they can under the (FA) rules” @barrettdamian on Andrew Gaff via @triplemfooty

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16 Sep – Port Adelaide

“The Western Bulldogs I believe are one of those clubs.. St Kilda has had a form of approach.. The way I read I reckon he’s going to be playing for a Melbourne based club next year” ” @barrettdamian on Chad Wingard via @triplemfooty on Saturday

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16 Sep – Brisbane

“They were trying to move him last year” Liam Pickering on Stefan Martin via @OffTheBenchTeam

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16 Sep – Trade Period

“Most clubs are pretty calculated, but I still firmly believe there’s one or two more to come.. Like, there’s another big fish to fall” Tom Petroro via @1116sen this week

16 Sep – Sydney

“There’s something smelly about this (Dan) Hannebery one.. the medical that they (St Kilda) need to put him through.. I think it would come back pretty scary” @barrettdamian via @OffTheBenchTeam

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16 Sep – Gold Coast

“I don’t reckon he’s going anywhere” Liam Pickering on Steven May via @OffTheBenchTeam


16 Sep – Gold Coast

“Nth Melbourne would be leading the way right now, once they get Gaff & Polec in.. if they can get Gaff.. he’ll probably take some bigger money elsewhere” @barrettdamian on Aaron Hall via @OffTheBenchTeam

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16 Sep – Nth Melbourne

“I think North Melbourne has been quietly shopping him around.. They are keen to get points for this young Tasmanian Tarryn Thomas” @cleary_mitch on Braydon Preuss this week via @SportsdaySA

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15 Sep – GWS Giants

“We’ll deal with that over the next couple of weeks.. I’d be disappointed” Leon Cameron if Dylan Shiel departed the Giants

15 Sep – GWS Giants

Ryan Griffen has retired

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14 Sep – Richmond

Three players have signed contract extensions at the Tigers

Shaun Grigg 1yr
Bachar Houli 1yr
Oleg Markov 2yrs

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14 Sep – Essendon

Shaun McKernan has signed 2yr contract extension with the Bombers, he is now contracted until the end of 2020

14 Sep – GWS Giants

Rory Lobb could be on the move @cleary_mitch

“The Giants are going to have one player fall out. $1million of salary cap is believed to be the money they need to move.

“Dylan Shiel’s on very good money but Rory Lobb, as well, is believed to be on pretty good money.

“Freo like what he offers and with Sean Darcy in the ruck, I think Rory Lobb sees himself more as a forward. He wants to play as a forward more than a ruck.”

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14 Sep – Gold Coast

Steven May is expected to request a Trade via @AndrewHammo72

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14 Sep – West Coast

“It’s still something we’re working through” Andrew Gaff on his contract status via @Mix945Perth

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14 Sep – Geelong

“Obviously I haven’t re-signed yet at Geelong but I really do want to stay at this club” Ryan Abbott via Geelong Advertiser

14 Sep – Sydney

Alex Johnson has been delisted

“Alex has been an incredible servant of our club.. He has shown unbelievable resilience..” John LongmireAlex Johnson.jpg

13 Sep – Nth Melbourne

Jared Polec confirms he plans to join Nth Melbourne via @NickButler10


13 Sep – Port Adelaide

The Power will listen to trade offers for Chad Wingard via @michelangeloruc

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13 Sep – Melbourne

Oscar McDonald has signed contract extension at the Demons, he is now contracted until the end of 2020

13 Sep – AFL Rule Changes

13 Sep – Melbourne

“Jesse (Hogan) is a Melbourne person & a Melbourne player, & we love having him as part of this club” Simon Goodwin

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13 Sep – Sydney

Nic Newman appears likely to depart, Gold Coast could be an option via

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12 Sep – St Kilda

Luke Dunstan looks likely to be traded given StK’s pack of hard mids. Has currency outside home state SA … source tonight suggests Carlton, and some much needed support for Patrick Cripps via @Stevo7AFL

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12 Sep – Brisbane

Stefan Martin would be very hard man to prise out of Brisbane, but believe Geelong has asked the question. Need a ruckman via @Stevo7AFL

12 Sep – Essendon

“We’ve got a lot of improvement & that’s going to come through commitment to the hard work needed” John Wordfold via @1116sen

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12 Sep – Collingwood

“More or less we’ve agreed.. I want to go on & the club wants me to stay around” Tyson Goldsack via @1116sen

12 Sep – Sydney

We’re as confident as we can be at this stage” Tom Harley on re-signing Jake Lloyd via @1116sen

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12 Sep – Sydney

“We’ll work with the Saints to see whether we can get something done” Tom Harley on Dan Hannebery via @1116sen

12 Sep – Sydney

“We have spoken to Luke (Parker) today, he is fully invested in the Swans & we won’t be trading him under any circumstances at all” Tom Harley

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12 Sep – Brisbane

Josh Walker and Mitch Robinson have signed 1yr contract extensions at the Lions, they are both contracted until the end of 2019

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12 Sep – Sydney

The Swans confirm Dan Hannebery & Gary Rohan are seeking trades in the upcoming Trade Period

12 Sep – West Coast

Eric Mackenzie has retired

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12 Sep – Sydney

James Stewart & Jayden Laverde have signed 2yr contract extensions at the Bombers, they are both contracted until the end of 2020

12 Sep – Sydney

Dan Hannebery has told the club he wants to be traded in October via @tommorris32

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12 Sep – Adelaide

“Back end 1st Rd, but more potentially early 2nd Rd” @thelistmanager on the trade value for Mitch McGovern via @traderadio

12 Sep – West Coast

“I think whats happened will be enough to draw Andrew Gaff back to Melbourne.. I think that the finances that North (Melbourne).. will probably be enough to get him over the line” @thelistmanager via @traderadio

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12 Sep – Sydney

“Clearly they’ve got to realign their forward structure, it’s not working.. I think there’s a fair bit of change needed” @thelistmanager via @traderadio

12 Sep – GWS Giants

“Somebody is going to fall out of the tree.. (Harry) Himmelberg really starting to come into his own.. I think that they need to keep Himmelberg even if it meant losing a midfielder” @thelistmanager via @traderadio

12 Sep – Brisbane

“I think it’s more likely than unlikely at this stage” @thelistmanager on Lachie Neale requesting a trade to the Lions via @traderadio

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12 Sep – St Kilda

“They shouldn’t be going after Dan Hannebery, I just think for me it’s just absolutely trading Incompetency if they go down that path” @thelistmanager via @traderadio

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12 Sep – Geelong

“West Coast closing very hard now.. well in front of Fremantle” @barrettdamian via @traderadio

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12 Sep – Carlton

Dale Thomas has signed a 1yr contract extension with the Blues, he is now contracted until the end of 2019

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11 Sep – Gold Coast

“As we sit here today.. he’ll be a Gold Coast player next year” Stuart Dew on Steven May via @WhateleySEN

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11 Sep – Gold Coast

“We just missed him all year.. he’ll be like a new recruit next year for us” Stuart Dew on Pearce Hanley via @WhateleySEN

11 Sep – Gold Coast

“This year there will be a little bit of turnover.. it’s important that we get some further good characters into the place.. there may be 8-9 changes” Stuart Dew on upcoming off-season via @WhateleySEN

11 Sep – Gold Coast

“we’re on the right track.. we just weren’t able to do it long enough & sustain” Stuart Dew on rating the 2018 season via @WhateleySEN

11 Sep – Geelong

Aaron Black, Stewart Crameri, Ryan Gardner, Cory Gregson, Matthew Hayball & Timm House have been delisted

11 Sep – Geelong

“We’re obviously interested” Stuart Dew on recruiting George Horlin-Smith via @1116sen

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11 Sep – Nth Melbourne

Rhyce Shaw has joined the Kangaroos as an Assistant Coach

10 Sep – Geelong

Aaron Black has been delisted

10 Sep – Gold Coast

“As far as we’re concerned, he’s our player next year” Stuart Dew on Steven May

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10 Sep – Geelong

“After a few years of not being able to do what you want to do in a specific environment, you can get a little bit burnt out” Lincoln McCarthy via @cleary_mitch

10 Sep – St Kilda

Jack Steven has come up in a trade scenario via Sam McClure

10 Sep – Essendon

Josh Green has been delisted

10 Sep – Brisbane

Liam Dawson has been delisted

10 Sep – 2018 AFL Trade Period Key Dates


Fri Oct 5:
Restricted free agency offer and unrestricted free agency period starts.

Mon Oct. 8 10am:
NAB AFL Trade Period starts

Fri Oct. 12 5pm:
Close of restricted free agency offer and unrestricted free agency period

Mon Oct. 15 2pm:
AFL restricted free agency matching offer three-day period ends

Wed Oct. 17 8.30pm:
NAB AFL Trade Period closes (for exchange of players)

Fri Nov. 16 2pm:
NAB AFL Trade Period closes (for exchange of selections only)


Tue Oct 2 – Fri Oct. 5:
AFL Draft Combine

Fri Oct. 5:
Victoria / NEAFL / Tasmania State Draft Combine

Sat Oct. 13:
South Australian Draft Combine

Sun Oct. 14:
West Australian Draft Combine


Thu Nov. 22 7pm – 9.30pm:
NAB AFL Draft (Round One)

Fri Nov. 23 10am – 1.30pm:
NAB AFL Draft (Round Two onwards to conclusion)

Fri Nov. 23 5pm:
NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft and NAB AFL Rookie Draft


Wed Oct. 31 2pm:
List Lodgement (1)

Thu Nov. 1:
AFL delisted player free agency period (1) starts

Thu Nov. 8:
AFL delisted player free agency period (1) closes

Sat Nov. 10:
AFL delisted player free agency period (2) starts

Fri Nov. 16 5pm:
AFL delisted player free agency period (2) closes

Fri Nov. 23 1.30pm – 2.30pm:
AFL delisted player free agency period (3)

Tue Nov. 27 2pm:
Final AFL club list lodgement

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10 Sep – AFL Rules

Two rule changes are likely to be put forward to the Commission in a bid to tackle congestion next year.

1) six-six-six starting formations at every centre bounce

2) doubling the length of the goal square to 18m

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10 Sep – Adelaide

Marty Mattner has joined the coaching staff at the Crows

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