The Real Season: 24 Sep – 30 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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27 Sep – GWS Giants

Will Setterfield has met with Carlton today, Dylan Shiel will meet with the Blues on Friday – @sam_mcclure via @TimeOnSEN

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27 Sep – Port Adelaide

“.. whether we move on any player will depend on what’s available to us & what the outcome is for the club” Ken Hinkley on potentially trading Chad Wingard via @WhateleySEN

27 Sep – Gold Coast

“I want a long-term deal, so I just want to do the due diligence & speak to the necessary parties & then sit down with the club & make a decision” Steven May via @marngrook on Wednesday

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27 Sep – Hawthorn

“Taylor Duryea, I believe he’s had a medical at the Sydney Swans.. It remains to be seen if he’s eager to move, but given he’s out of contract, there’s a fair bit to play out here” @tommorris32 via @SportsdayRadio

27 Sep – Gold Coast

“Aaron Hall will be joining North Melbourne” @sam_mcclure via @TimeOnSEN on Wednesday

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27 Sep – Richmond

“We’ll get something done by Friday to see where it sits.. It’ll be either staying at Richmond or going home to Fremantle” Colin Young on Reece Conca via @WhateleySEN

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27 Sep – Adelaide

“He had a medical with the Carlton Football Club yesterday & it went fairly well & I know they had a meeting this morning & so Carlton’s his choice” Colin Young on Mitch McGovern via @WhateleySEN

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26 Sep – Adelaide

26 Sep – GWS Giants

“Those couple of boys are out there gathering information & will be catching up with some clubs, as we work through some things that we need to” Jason McCartney on Rory Lobb & Dylan Shiel meeting with other clubs

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26 Sep – The Trade Table

26 Sep – Hawthorn

Dallas Willsmore, Jonathan O’Rourke & Kurt Heatherley have been delisted

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26 Sep – Melbourne

Dean Kent has told Melbourne he wants to be traded to St Kilda via @mickgleeson @agerealfooty

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26 Sep – Port Adelaide

“Hawks offer is good, 4 years with a trigger for a 5th” @SammyHeraldSun on Chad Wingard via @1116sen

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26 Sep – Geelong

“To be honest, my future is a little bit undecided at this stage” Tim Kelly Monday

“I can’t see any scenario in which he leaves Geelong, at least in 2019” Chris Scott Tuesday

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26 Sep – Gold Coast

“The Bombers have Jack Martin wanting to play for them” @SammyHeraldSun via @1116sen

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26 Sep – GWS Giants

“He will meet with rival clubs in the coming week.. Hawthorn, Carlton, St Kilda & Essendon in the mix” @SammyHeraldSun via @1116sen

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25 Sep – Melbourne

“I’m contracted & I’m playing.. if you look at the year that I’ve had I think I’ve actually played quite well” Jordan Lewis on playing on in 2019 via AFL360 @FOXFOOTY

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25 Sep – Melbourne

“I think there’s been a shift” Garry Lyon on a possible Jesse Hogan trade via On The Couch @FOXFOOTY

25 Sep – Melbourne

“I’m going in for a minor (AC Joint) operation tomorrow but it’s not too bad.. I’ll be right for preseason” Tom Mitchell via @RoweyandBicks

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25 Sep – Melbourne

Cam Pedersen, Tom Bugg, Pat McKenna, Mitch King & Lochie Filipovic have been delisted

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25 Sep – Port Adelaide

“I’d say Hawthorn was the one (Destination)” @thelistmanager on Chad Wingard via @traderadio

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25 Sep – Adelaide

Tom Doedee has signed a 2yr contract extension at the Crows, he is now contracted until the end of 2021

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25 Sep – Gold Coast

“There’s enough talk around.. that he would like in an ideal scenario.. to leave.. I can’t see Gold Coast allowing him to move” @barrettdamian on Jack Martin via @traderadio

25 Sep – Fremantle

“I get the sense he looks more likely to be out (at Fremantle)” @thelistmanager on Lachie Neale via @traderadio

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25 Sep – Melbourne

“I don’t think he (Goodwin) can play the 3 (Hogan, McDonald & Weideman Forward).. Do they let (Jesse) Hogan go to potentially bring (Steven) May in at the other end” @thelistmanager via @traderadio

Jesse Hogan has likely played his last game at Melbourne after making it clear he is open to a trade to Fremantle this year via @RalphyHeraldSun

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25 Sep – Melbourne

“It did stand out that their Key Position Defenders are just not physically strong enough & mature enough.. Steven May suits them magnificently well” @thelistmanager via @traderadio

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25 Sep – Fremantle

Peter Bell is the new new Head of Football at the Dockers via @cleary_mitch

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25 Sep – West Coast

Andrew Gaff not signing a new contract “makes me sense that he’s coming back to Melbourne” @thelistmanager via @traderadio

“The North (Melbourne) offer.. over the 5 years the way I’ve had it put to me.. is nearly $2 Million more” @barrettdamian on Andrew Gaff via @traderadio

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25 Sep – Melbourne

Cam Pederson has retired

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25 Sep – AFL Draft

There will be no Priority Picks distributed this year

“If you help (with draft picks) then you’re doing that at the expense of the competition generally” AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan via @WhateleySEN

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25 Sep – GWS Giants

Rory Lobb has met with West Coast

“We’re aware Rory is meeting with Perth-based clubs & does so with our blessing” Wayne Campbell via @cleary_mitch @AFLcomau

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25 Sep – Port Adelaide

“I expect him not to be at Port Adelaide” @thelistmanager on Chad Wingard via @1116sen

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25 Sep – Adelaide

Matthew Wright has joined the Crows to captain the Club’s SANFL team while also working as a part-time development coach

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25 Sep – Carlton

Matthew Wright has retired

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25 Sep – Melbourne

Melbourne: Fremantle set to offer Jesse Hogan a multi million dollar deal via Greg Denham @australian

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25 Sep – Melbourne

Clayton Oliver set to have surgery (Latarjet operation) on both shoulders

“It’s not as significant as a full shoulder reconstruction, but Clayton will need a 2-3 week separation between the procedures.” Josh Mahoney

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24 Sep – Brownlow Medal

Tom Mitchell wins the 2018 Brownlow Medal

24 Sep – Nth Melbourne

Braydon Preuss looks set to join Melbourne

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24 Sep – AFL Draft/Compensation Picks

Carlton & Gold Coast will be given special “outside national draft” access to the top state league players as part of assistance packages signed off by the AFL Commission via @AFLcomau

24 Sep – Fremantle/Brisbane

“I’m still working through it..  I love the footy club & the people there.. It’s a tough decision, but we’ll work through it” Lachie Neale

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24 Sep – Western Bulldogs

Brad Lynch has signed a 2yr contract extension with the Bulldogs, he is now contracted until the end of 2020

24 Sep – Adelaide

“Brad Crouch is another name that keeps coming up in conversation.. I’ve heard the Tigers might have an interest” @SammyHeraldSun via @1116sen

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24 Sep – Port Adelaide

“They’re having a real crack here Hawthorn & they’re actually pretty confident” @SammyHeraldSun on Chad Wingard via @1116sen

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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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