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Free-agency help query

Published: July 2 2013 - 3:00AM

The AFL has asked clubs to comment on a suggestion they should not receive draft picks as compensation for the loss of unrestricted free agents.

AFL general manager of football operations Mark Evans said on Monday the concept was worth a look.

''We've put it on the table to clubs to tell us what they think,'' Evans told the website.

''I don't think we'll change anything for this year. But there has been a strong suggestion you don't need to provide free-agency compensation for players who are unrestricted free agents. That either means they have been on the list for eight years and they sit outside the top quartile of player payments, or they've been at that club for 10 years and they've given their service. So I think that's worthwhile looking at.''

An unrestricted free agent can move to the club of his choice.

Hawthorn forward Lance Franklin, reportedly the subject of a massive offer from Greater Western Sydney, is a restricted free agent. The Hawks would have the option to match any offer by a rival club.

Under this system introduced in 2012, compensation in the form of allocated draft picks will apply to clubs with a net loss of free agents based on a formula determined by the AFL.


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