The Real Season: 17 Sep – 23 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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21 Sep – Geelong

Lincoln McCarthy has requested a trade to Brisbane via @cleary_mitch

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21 Sep – Sydney

Jake Lloyd has signed a 4yr contract extension at the Swans, he is now contracted until the end of 2022

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21 Sep – GWS Giants

Jeremy Finlayson will explore trade options via @Nick_Bowen

“Jeremy was told in his exit interview that the club was open to exploring options ahead of the trade period” Dave Trotter

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21 Sep – 2018 AFL Draft

“He’s an outstanding person of character.. Sam Walsh hands down” Leigh Brown on his top pick in the 2018 AFL Draft via @1116sen

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21 Sep – Gold Coast/Nth Melbourne

Aaron Hall set to have medical at Nth Melbourne via @RileyBev

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21 Sep – Hawthorn

Tom Mitchell advises Hawks that he was unaware his management TLA was requesting $1K per interview should he win the 2018 Brownlow Medal

“We apologise to Tom Mitchell for any embarrassment” Craig Kelly TLA

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21 Sep – Richmond

Adelaide are among the clubs who have shown interest in Tyson Stengle via @CalTwomey

20 Sep – GWS Giants

Dylan Shiel has not requested a trade from GWS after his recent exit interview via @sam_mcclure on @TimeOnSEN

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20 Sep – Port Adelaide

The Power will consider releasing Karl Amon from the final year of his contract via @Lee_Gaskin1

20 Sep – Hawthorn

Tom Mitchell has ruptured his right AC joint (Requires surgery) Out for 8-12 weeks via @Adrian9Johnson6

Likely delayed start to 2019 pre-season

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20 Sep – St Kilda

Tom Hickey has completed a medical screening for West Coast via @cleary_mitch

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20 Sep – 2018 Trade Period

West Coast are prepared to match the Andrew Gaff offer

Colin Young is helping out Steve Rosich on List Management at Fremantle

Karl Langdon via @1116sen

20 Sep – Nth Melbourne

Ben Jacobs has signed a 2yr contract extension with the Kangaroos, he is now contracted until the end of 2020

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20 Sep – Gold Coast

Melbourne have met with Steven May, Essendon also showing an interest via @JakeNiallTHEAGE

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20 Sep – Trade Period

Alex Johnson is keen for another chance

“I would go anywhere to continue the dream” Alex Johnson via @WhateleySEN

19 Sep – St Kilda

B&F Winner: Jack Steven

“Very happy to be at the Saints, so looking forward to next year” Jack Steven

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19 Sep – West Coast

“We haven’t spoken at all about his future, albeit I’m starting to ask a couple of questions.. It’s been a different type of process with Gaffy & one we’re all trying to respect” Adam Simpson on Andrew Gaff via @SportsdayRadio

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19 Sep – Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide likely to move Chad Wingard on, Hawthorn now join in the chase for his services

19 Sep – Sydney/Nth Melbourne

Nic Newman met with North Melbourne on Wednesday via @AFLcomau

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19 Sep – Western Bulldogs

Mitch Wallis has signed a 3yr contract extension with the Bulldogs, he is now contracted until the end of 2021

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19 Sep – NAB Trade Radio Launch

“Out of respect to the clubs” there will be no announcement for “a few weeks” – Tom Lynch on his preferred club

“It might work well for all parties” Colin Young on a potential Lachie Neale Fremantle/Brisbane trade

Stefan Martin is a “Lock” at Brisbane next year – Paul Connors

“He hasn’t made his mind up” Paul Connors on Andrew Gaff

“I’m pretty confident (Jake) Lloydy will stay (at Sydney)” Dan Hannebery

The extra 2 years offered by St Kilda was a big factor – Dan Hannebery

“I thought I would be a Swan for life” Dan Hannebery

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19 Sep – Geelong

“Dan Menzel will stay at Geelong, after it seems St Kilda has aborted the chase for him” @SammyHeraldSun via @1116sen

19 Sep – Gold Coast

“My understanding is Collingwood players have been told (Steven) May is coming in” @SammyHeraldSun via @1116sen

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18 Sep – Geelong

“I get the sense that he’s very gettable.. West Coast is the one” @thelistmanager on Tim Kelly via @traderadio

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18 Sep – GWS Giants

“West Coast looms larger than the Dockers” @barrettdamian on Rory Lobb via @traderadio

18 Sep – GWS Giants

“Certainly from my point of view I think somebody is going to drop out no doubt, I’ve just still got the feeling that it will be Dylan Shiel” @thelistmanager on the Giants salary cap issues via @traderadio

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18 Sep – Adelaide/Carlton

“It’s going to take some doing for Carlton & Adelaide to come to agreement” @barrettdamian on Mitch McGovern via @traderadio via @traderadio

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18 Sep – Hawthorn

“My big concern is that their starting 18 next year if they all stay could potentially have 8 players 30+ years of age.. That’s not the way your’e going to go forward” @thelistmanager on the Hawks via @traderadio

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18 Sep – Hawthorn

“To me, it’s still to be visited & re-visited” @barrettdamian on Jarryd Roughead playing at the Hawks next year via @traderadio

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18 Sep – Port Adelaide

“After last year bringing in 3 key players.. structurally, tactically.. there’s got to be some big questions asked about that football club.. it’s age demographic is still OK for having a real crack at the moment.. in 1 or 2 years that may flip around a little bit.. right now is their time.. I just wonder whether they haven’t put enough time into their own youth” @thelistmanager via @traderadio

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17 Sep – Geelong

Ryan Abbott has agreed to a 2 year contract at the Cats via @cleary_mitch

He will be contracted until the end of 2020

17 Sep – Port Adelaide

“I don’t think it will happen but I don’t think anything is off the table” Tom Rehn on Port Adelaide trading Chad Wingard via @1116sen

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17 Sep – AFL Draft

” .. he potentially could be quite easily a 300-game player.. He is going to have an outstanding career” Terry Wallace on potential 2018 No.1 Draft Pick Sam Walsh

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17 Sep – Fremantle

The Dockers are offering Reece Conca a multi-year proposal to become a starting midfielder via

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17 Sep – Sydney

Tom McCartin has signed a 2yr contract extension with the Swans

17 Sep – Western Bulldogs

Jack Redpath has retired

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17 Sep – Brisbane/Fremantle

“You’re hopeful that the players that you’re talking to will give your club the nod.. There’s a lot of water to pass under the bridge” Chris Fagan on Lachie Neale via @WhateleySEN

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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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