Although the trade period is done and dusted, clubs can still add players to their list via the free agency period.
The AFL has given teams three separate windows throughout November to acquire any retired or delisted players that they see fit for their lists in the midst of a busy offseason.
Clubs are given 12 days to sign those looking for a new contract at rival clubs, according to AFL.com.au.
The first delisted free agency period runs between November 3-9; the second stretch is between 11-15 and the final day is on the 29th of November.
Stay tuned to Sporting News to ensure you don’t miss any of the latest news.
Shiels, Baker, McKenna officially land at new clubs
Tuesday Dec 6
Former Hawthorn player Liam Shiels, Ex-Melbourne winger Oskar Baker and Irish speedster Conor McKenna have found new homes as the pre-season supplemental signing period opened on Monday, December 5.
Shiels reunited with former coach Alastair Clarkson at North Melbourne in a bid to add some much needed experience to the list.
Here to set a new standard.
Triple-premiership player Liam Shiels has put pen to paper with the Roos ✍️
— North Melbourne FC (@NMFCOfficial) December 5, 2022
While Baker joined the Western Bulldogs and could fill a void on the wing that was left by Lachie Hunter’s departure.
💬 “Oskar comes to us with really exciting attributes that complement the current make up of our midfield,” – Sam Power
Take a look at some of Oskar Baker’s best work. pic.twitter.com/YcB0UnfM8o
— Western Bulldogs (@westernbulldogs) December 5, 2022
McKenna joined Brisbane since returning from Ireland, opting to go with the Lions instead of re-joining the Bombers.
The Brisbane Lions have signed Conor McKenna (formerly Essendon Football Club) via the Supplementary Selection Period (SSP).
— AFL House (@AFL_House) December 5, 2022
Stocker and Eyre look for Saint lifeline
Monday Dec 5
Ex Blue Liam Stocker and former Bomber Josh Eyre are set to train with St Kilda in a bid to receive an AFL lifeline.
Stocker’s shock delisting came as a surprise to many but will get a chance to impress Saints coach Ross Lyon, according to AFL.com.au.
Eyre is under the impression Essendon could sign him during the pre-season but the key forward is keen to look elsewhere to continue his career.
Anderson join Suns
Thursday Dec 1
Delisted North Melbourne player Jed Anderson has joined the Gold Coast as a pre-season supplemental selections.
The Suns haven’t been shy in admitting they need some experienced heads in their camp, given they recently added Connor Blakely (Fremantle) and Jake Stein (GWS) through the Rookie Draft.
Anderson has been in the competition for 10 years when he debuted for Hawthorn in 2013.
The tough midfielder is currently stranded on 99 games following seven seasons at the Kangaroos.
Woodcock deserves a lifeline
Thursday Dec 1
Former Port Adelaide player Boyd Woodcock has done everything in his power to earn himself an AFL lifeline.
Reported to train with Gold Coast to fight for a spot on their list, Woodcock is more than ready to enter the league once again.
The 22-year-old was dominant for Southport in the VFL in 2022, which was reflected by his second-placed finish in the J.J. Liston Trophy.
Woodcock played 12 games for the Power before being delisted at the end of 20221.
The Suns have two pre-season supplemental spots on their list with one likely going to veteran Jed Anderson, according to AFL.com.au.
Frankston’s Brodie mcLaughlin and academy graduate Brinn Little will join Woodcock in training with the club.
Mullin joins Cats as third Irish recruit
Friday Nov 25
Oisin Mullin officially joined Geelong and becomes the third Irish recruit on their list, linking up with Zach Tuohy and Mark O’Connor.
Mullin was supposed to sign with the Cats as a rookie for the 2022 season but instead decided to remain in Ireland, according to Fox Sports.
Madgen will join Adelaide’s SANFL side
Thursday Nov 24
Delisted Collingwood player Jack Madgen is set to join Adelaide’s SANFL side for 2023.
Keen to continue his AFL career, Madgen will continue his football in South Australia and will be ripe for a Mid-Season selection.
Former recruiter Matt Rendell spoke on his nephew’s recent signing on SEN.
“It’s my nephew (Jack Madgen)! I’ve got him another job! And I’ve got the Crows another player,” said Rendell.
“He’ll be joining their SANFL side and working at the club in development as well.
“I think it’s a really good pick-up by the Crows. I’m really worried if one of their key backs gets injured.
“I think it’s a smart move by the Crows. If they happen to lose one, they can pick Jack in the mid-season draft if they need a key back.”
Baker likely to join Dogs
Wednesday Nov 23
Delisted Oskar Baker is set to extend his career at the Western Bulldogs.
Dropped from Melbourne at the end of the 2022 season after 15 games, Baker could receive a lifeline.
The wingman will join the Dogs as a pre-season supplemental selection, following Liam Shiels and Conor McKenna.
Baker will join new recruits Rory Lobb and Liam Jones at the kennel.
Former Demons wingman Oskar Baker looks set to join the Western Bulldogs, per The Age’s @petryan ✍️
— Footy on Nine (@FootyonNine) November 23, 2022
Shiels to reunite with Clarkson at Roos
Tuesday Nov 22
Retired Hawthorn player Liam Shiels is set to join Alastair Clarkson at North Melbourne as a rookie.
The move has been linked for some time once Shiels announced his retirement at the end of August after 255 games.
Given the midfielder didn’t nominate for the draft next week, he will likely sign as a pre-season supplemental selection.
AFL.com.au’s Cal Twomey dropped the news on Tuesday.
— AFL (@AFL) November 22, 2022
Conor McKenna is officially a Lion
Friday Nov 18
Conor McKenna has officially joined Brisbane ahead of the 2023.
After returning from Ireland, McKenna is keen to come back into the AFL after a 79-game span over six seasons with Essendon.
The Lions picked up the dashing defender as a pre-season supplemental selection and is excited to be joining the club.
“I wanted to come back to a club that was playing deep into finals pushing for a premiership and Brisbane have been doing that for the last number of years,” McKenna said according to the Herald Sun.
“The club has been great for both myself and my partner Amy in making us feel comfortable and putting foundations in place to make sure the move out goes as smooth as possible.
“I am really looking forward to getting back out and into the swing of things.”
The secret’s officially out!
Welcome to the den Conor 🦁
— Brisbane Lions (@brisbanelions) November 18, 2022
Lions set to acquire McKenna
Thursday Nov 17
Conor McKenna is set to join Brisbane during this offseason, as the speedster has nominated his club of choice.
The Lions weren’t the only ones set out to get McKenna, with St Kilda, Port Adelaide and his old team Essendon were also in the race.
However, the relationship with former teammate Joe Daniher, who’s up at Queensland, seems to be a winning card Brisbane has played.
McKenna will join Chris Fagan’s side as a pre-season supplemental selection, following Josh Dunkley and Jack Gunston to the club.
— 7AFL (@7AFL) November 17, 2022
Stocker to train at St Kilda
Thursday Nov 17
Shock delisted Carlton player Liam Stocker has been given a chance by St Kilda, with the midfielder offered an opportunity to train with the club.
The 22-year-old struggled to cement his spot at the Blues in the senior side and is keen to continue his career elsewhere.
Liam Stocker will attempt to re-ignite his AFL career at St Kilda. Was probably the most surprising delisting of the post-season. At 22, lots of growth still left in his game. https://t.co/tQkm4vdPUR pic.twitter.com/QbPbpFoLDD
— Jay Clark (@ClarkyHeraldSun) November 17, 2022
Stocker was forced to play in the backline under Michael Voss and David Teague, featuring in 28 games since 2018.
Madgen to continue career at Saints?
Thursday Nov 17
Delisted Collingwood player Jack Madgen has reportedly been in contact with St Kilda, in a bid to continue his AFL career.
Not offered a contract after 49 games with the Pies, the 29-year-old is still seeking a place to play at the elite level according to Code Sports.
However, a deal has not yet been offered to the defender but it seems it’s a very real possibility.
— Paul Amy (@PaulAmy375) November 17, 2022
Four-club race for Bomber speedster
Monday Nov 14
Conor McKenna’s return to the AFL looks all but set to go but a hold up on what colours he wears in 2023 is yet to be decided.
The former Bomber toured St Kilda’s facilities last week but it’s understood that Port Adelaide, Essendon and Brisbane are also in the mix.
McKenna spoke to 7News about his potential return to the competition.
“I’m talking to four, five clubs and it’s getting into the small details,” McKenna told 7NEWS.
“Myself and my girlfriend (Amy McAuley) is coming out, have to keep her in mind so it’s a tough decision.
“I went home and won the premiership which is sort of what I wanted to do, after I ticked that box, I was confident I was going to come back at some stage.
“Having two years out, I’ve probably learnt to appreciate it a bit more and what mistakes I made and what I did well and keen to get back in the swing of things.”
Ex-Pie, Hawk wanting AFL lifeline
Monday Nov 14
Delisted Hawthorn wingman Tom Phillips is wanting an AFL lifeline, as he looks for his third club during his career.
Speaking on SEN, Phillips believes he is in a “really good spot” despite being moved on by the Hawks, which hasn’t deterred him from his desire to continue his time in the league.
“I feel I’m in a really good spot and I’m super keen to get back to being what I think is one of the best runners in the game at my best,” Phillips said.
“That’s the main priority for me at the moment, to get back, I’m running really well.
“I think I can play a role for any club going forward in 2023 or beyond.”
Phillips is in talks with multiple clubs and could be picked up as a delisted free agent.
“Yeah, there is, there is enough confidence at the moment so I’m keeping at it,” Phillips said.
“As I said, as we know in the AFL environment, it can be unpredictable at the best of times.
“There’s always movement, there’s always a lot of different things going on.
“You’ve got to be able to keep working and moving in the right direction without any 150 per cent guarantee.
“That’s been my mindset since the start of September and it’s the same until now.
“I’m focused on staying on that path until genuine decisions are made and beyond that as well.
“I’m committed to getting back.”
Hannebery not done with yet?
Monday Nov 14
Dan Hannebery appears not to be done with yet, despite retiring whilst at St Kilda.
The former Sydney premiership player has struggled with his body over a number of years but is contemplating a shock return to the system as Gold Coast circles.
Gold Coast are interested in signing Dan Hannebery, per SEN’s Sam Edmund.
Hannebery is considering coming out of retirement. pic.twitter.com/vBMXSuzRss
— 7AFL (@7AFL) October 27, 2022
Third times a charm for Anderson?
Monday Nov 14
Jed Anderson looks likely to join his third AFL club, Gold Coast, after a surprise delisting by North Melbourne.
Anderson previously spent time at Hawthorn before joining the Kangaroos for the 2016 season.
According to Fox Sports, the Suns are keen to add some mature-aged players to help with the young group led by Noah Anderson and Matt Rowell.
— SuperFooty (AFL) (@superfooty) November 12, 2022
Stack confident on getting another go
Monday Nov 14
Sydney Stack is confident on getting another crack at AFL level after being delisted by Richmond.
Stack struggled to make an impact in 2022 despite bursting onto the scene as in 2019 as a pre-season supplemental selection.
Now the utility is keen to continue his career and reports have led to believe multiple clubs are interested, including Gold Coast.
Manager Paul Peos is also quietly confident that Stack will be running around in the AFL in 2023.
“He is preparing to be an AFL player in 2023. So hopefully someone steps forward and provides him with an opportunity. He’s pretty open to going anywhere for a chance,” Paul Peos said.
“He has had some pretty good discussions with teams so hopefully that progresses forward.
“On a list of 40 it’s a pretty low financial risk and clubs would be weighing up the pros and cons.
“Sydney has been through some tough periods but he’s certainly learned some lessons.”
Quinton Narkle receiving interest from rivals
Monday Nov 14
After a shock delisting from Geelong, Narkle seems likely to be scooped up by rival clubs.
Originally from Western Australia and West Coast has been named a suitable destination for the midfielder.
However, Empire Sports Management director Anthony Van Der Wielen believes there’s more than one club after Narkle but the details are yet to be worked through yet.
“I’m relatively confident that he finds another home,” Van Der Wielen said, according to ZeroHanger.
“We’ve got interest from a number (of clubs) and we’re working through those details at the moment.
“We’re working through things with clubs at the moment and it will be an intricate thing between now and the draft.
“He’s keen to go wherever he can get an opportunity.
“He’s very keen to play and there’s a healthy level of interest in him.”
Stocker to Essendon?
Monday Nov 14
Liam Stocker’s disappointing delisting from Carlton has fans confused given he wasn’t given a proper go at AFL level.
However, this has opened up the ability for rival clubs to snatch the former first-round pick for close to nothing.
It was reported that Essendon met with Stocker not long ago about the potential to move across to an arch rival of the Blues.
With one delisted free agency period down, time is running out for the midfielder but there are other avenues like the draft or pre-season supplemental period on the eve of the 2023 season.
Collier-Dawkins not giving up on AFL dream
Monday Nov 14
Delisted Richmond midfielder Riley Collier-Dawkins says he is not done with the AFL just yet, after being squeezed out by Giants pair Tim Taranto and Jacob Hopper.
Collier-Dawkins revealed that there has been some initial discussions with rival clubs but nothing is set it stone.
“There’s preliminary discussions with a fair few clubs, which has given me a lot of hope but until something’s official you never know,” Collier-Dawkins told 7News.
“I’m just going to be ready.”
Collier-Dawkins has had an impressive offseason already and is keen to continue on his path of improvement.
“I certainly have felt and got some evidence to take out of (my time at Richmond) that I can (play at AFL level) and I know what it takes to get there,” Collier-Dawkins said.
“I’ve got a lot of speed and power and I think that’s something in the modern game that really separates the best teams from the good teams.”
Cats keen to add third Irish recruit
Monday Nov 14
Geelong have their sights on Oisin Mullin despite denying their offer and returning to Ireland for 2022.
“It is understood the two-time Young Footballer of the Year stayed in contact with the current AFL champions throughout the year and the Cats have re-tabled their offer,” the Irish Examiner reports, published by Fox Sports.
“The 22-year-old is set to commit as a category B rookie.”
Mullin would join fellow Irishmen Zach Tuohy and Mark O’Connor if he were to take a spot on the rookie list at the Cats.
Mitch Wallis keen to continue playing
Monday Nov 14
Wallis was delisted by the Bulldogs at the end of the season but is still keen on continuing his career elsewhere.
Filled with leadership and a good training dedication, the 29-year-old would suit most young clubs like a Gold Coast or Adelaide.
“It’s still pretty raw, I haven’t totally moved on from the Bulldogs yet… we’ll explore (the interest) over the coming weeks and see what’s out there,” the ex-Bulldog said on SEN.
“I’m keen to keep playing but at the end of the day, we’ll let the dust settle and acknowledge a club that’s been so kind to me and take the next step in due course.
“I love footy… I’m open to all offers and all ideas.”
AMT returns home to Bombers
Friday Nov 11
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti has officially returned to Essendon, accepting a one-year contract.
Bomber GM Josh Mahoney is thrilled to have McDonald-Tipungwuti back at the club.
“We are thrilled that Anthony has decided to come back to the Bombers. Anthony took time away from the club in 2022 to focus on life outside of footy. We’re comfortable he has taken the time he needs to bring a renewed enthusiasm to return to the AFL and play for Essendon,” Mahoney said.
“He is a committed Essendon person who loves playing football and our conversations with Anthony recently led us to believe there was a realistic chance he would come back to Essendon.
“Once we knew he was keen to return we worked with the AFL on the right pathway back to the club including approval from a list management perspective.
“He is loved by players, coaches, staff and fans and we look forward to him returning to Essendon.”
BREAKING: Essendon have announced that exciting and popular forward Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti will return to the Bombers for 2023 after accepting a new one-year contract https://t.co/ZgufuvQQEW
— Real Footy (AFL) (@agerealfooty) November 10, 2022
Evans finds new home at the Power
Monday Nov 7
Geelong delisted Francis Evans as they believed he couldn’t warrant a spot on the list, with Port Adelaide swooping on the youngster.
Starved of opportunities at the Cats, the 21-year-old is hoping a fresh start at a new club is what he needs.
Power list manager Jason Cripps said Evans has been on their radar for some time, reported by the Herald Sun.
“Going into the off-season we recognised a need to bolster our small forward stocks and Francis is a player we identified as suiting that need,” Cripps said.
“We know he has an eye for goal but is also not immune to working hard to win the ball and keep it in the forward line.
“We look forward to getting him to the club in the coming weeks as our players return for pre-season training.”
Greene gets second chance at AFL level
Monday Nov 7
Hawthorn has given Fergus Greene an AFL lifeline after his initial stint at the Western Bulldogs didn’t amount to much.
Featuring in Box Hill’s team in 2022, Greene proved his worth, slotting 53 goals for the season and leaving no choice but for the Hawks to pick him up.
The departure of Jack Gunston (Brisbane) as well as other veterans in Tom Mitchell (Collingwood) and Jaeger O’Meara (Fremantle) has breathed a new air of youth into Sam Mitchell’s side that the 24-year-old will suit.
Hawthorn list boss Mark McKenzie was convinced of Greene’s talent and felt it was the right move, says the Herald Sun.
“We’re really thrilled to have secured the services of Ferg; he’s an exciting player with a lot of potential,” McKenzie said.
“We identified we needed more forward line support, and Ferg’s attributes suit the way Sam and our coaching group want to play.
“With some exposure already at AFL level and a really impressive two seasons in the VFL; we believe Ferg will be a great fit for our young and developing group.”