AFL free agency period to spark rush
NEXT week's inaugural AFL free agency period is set to spark unprecedented player movements between clubs.
More than 40 players off contract this season qualify as either unrestricted free agents, meaning they have played 10 years at their club (or eight years but are not among the top 25% of earners), or restricted free agents because they have played eight years.
Unrestricted free agents, including the likes of Collingwood's Travis Cloke and St Kilda's Brendon Goddard can simply switch to the club making the most preferred offer.
But if a new club makes a bid for a restricted free agent, the player's present club can keep him by simply matching the offer.
The number of eligible players looking for a new home is growing by the day, with Crows forward Chris Knights (unrestricted) and Port Adelaide utility Steven Salopek (unrestricted) both putting their hands up yesterday.
Knights has played 96 games for Adelaide and has been linked with Richmond, as has Port defender Troy Chaplin (restricted).
Salopek, taken at pick six in the 2002 national draft, has played 121 games for Port.