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Top of delist: the pick of the league's bargain bin

Richmond discard Mitch Morton proved a handy forward option for 2012 premiers and recycling kings the Sydney Swans.

Richmond discard Mitch Morton proved a handy forward option for 2012 premiers and recycling kings the Sydney Swans. Photo: Pat Scala

Which of the AFL's recently delisted players have a genuine chance of being picked up in the national or pre-season drafts? Most have undoubted talent, many have played well or at least been highly-touted at some stage of their careers. Many are "in-between" players – those who are third tall forwards or defenders, or fringe midfielders. Coaches crave versatility but players without set roles are often easiest to jettison. Key position players are thin on the ground among the ranks of the rejected.

There appears to be two likely outcomes for a handful of these unfortunate players: a more permanent role at a lesser performed club, where they can add strength and experience in a number of positions; or a specific role at a strong club in flag contention, where their talents appear to be one of the final pieces of the premiership jigsaw puzzle.

Often it is not pure talent that decides a player's fate, but his body type and skill set, and whether there are clubs with those particular needs. Hence, the following assessment is not based on who is the "best" player, but who is most likely to find a new home.

Ricky Petterd: should find a home.

Ricky Petterd: should find a home. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Reigning premiers Sydney are the league's recycling kings, and the AFL is nothing if not slavish in following the leader. So delisted players should retain some hope.

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Ricky Petterd (Melb) 24, 54 Courageous, high-flying half-forward with a decent engine. Injury-plagued, but if his confidence is restored by a fresh start, he could add an X-factor to a good team's forward line.

Sam Lonergan: wholehearted.

Sam Lonergan: wholehearted. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Good for: Collingwood. The Magpies forward line could do with another versatile marking option.

Sam Lonergan (Ess) 25, 79 Tough as teak, wholehearted inside midfielder.

Good for: GWS. Protects elite kids from heavy traffic load at the stoppages, fulfilling a role originally earmarked for the delisted Stephen Clifton.

Matt Campbell (NM) 25, 82 Speedy goalsneak who might thrive if given number one small-forward duties, after competing with Lindsay Thomas at North Melbourne.

Good for: Melbourne. With Austin Wonaeamirri and Ricky Petterd departing, and Aaron Davey struggling, the Demons forward line could do with some pace and crumbing nous to complement new talls Mitch Clark and Chris Dawes.

Cruize Garlett (NM) 23, 32 Pacy midfielder with neat skills who is handy around goals. Too many similar types at North; could thrive if given a starting role.

Good for: Melbourne. The Demons are crying out for leg speed and sure ball-handling in their midfield.

Matthew Bate (Melb) 25, 102 Big-bodied, versatile, long-kicking left-footer. Some rough edges, but the still-young ex-Demon will surely still attract suitors keen for strength and experience in the midfield and forward line.

Good for: Western Bulldogs. Could he become a big-bodied tagger in the Cameron Ling mould? If not, they could still do with a robust forward.

Jacob Surjan (PA) 27, 121 Tough, experienced back pocket, once a lynchpin of the Power leadership group. Young enough to make a difference as a small defender if he gets his body right.

Good for: Richmond. The Tigers could do with a cool head able to combat the league's small forwards.

Tom Gillies (Geel) 22, 13 Tall defender cruelled by Geelong's back-half riches. Sought keenly by Hawthorn last year, should still find suitors now despite stagnating in 2012.

Good for: Melbourne. If he comes up, proves a straight swap for ex-Demon defender Jared Rivers, now with Geelong.

Bret Thornton (Carl) 28, 181 Adaptable tall who showed talent when used as a leading third forward, but remains a viable third tall defensive option.

Good for: GWS or St Kilda. In the absence of genuine readymade key defenders, this canny campaigner should appeal to teams lacking big men down back.

Brad Symes (Adel) 27, 80 Versatile mature-age ball magnet who maintained good SANFL form.

Good for: GWS. Young team needing solid citizen for a couple of years, in the Danny Stanley (Gold Coast) mould.

Paul Bower (Carl) 24, 70 Athletic half-back who struggled with injury and confidence problems, but at his best was a rebounding option off half-back.

Good for: Brisbane. The Lions have lost Josh Drummond and could do with rebounding support option for Pearce Hanley and tall defensive option for (former Saints cast-off) Matt Maguire and the green Niall McKeever.

Other delisted prospects:

Jonathan Simpkin (Geel) 25, 4 Beefy midfielder who showed enough class in stints at Sydney and Geelong to suggest he would prosper in a weaker midfield.

Jay van Berlo (Fre) 24, 32 Gutsy, committed low-possession utility who fell behind Matt de Boer in the pecking order under new coach Ross Lyon. A potential tagger?

Andrew Collins* (Carl) 23, 11 Smooth-moving, former Tiger lead-up half-forward likely to get a second chance to establish himself at the Blues after two-injury-marred seasons at Visy Park.

Kyle Reimers (Ess) 23, 60 Sporadically dynamic small half-forward, combative and confident.

Cameron Wood (Coll) 25, 48 Former Magpie and Lions back-up ruckman who stagnated at Collingwood in 2012. If given a full-time number one role, might still realise his considerable talents. Good hands, decent kick for goal.

Lucas Cook (Melb) 20, 0 Key position prospect taken with pick 12 in the 2010 draft. He will get looked at for those facts alone, so few key position prospects are there in the market.

Mark Seaby (Syd) 28, 120 Capable ruckman/forward who fell behind in the Sydney pecking order. Young enough to make a contribution, but may again struggle to get the number one ruck berth he needs for regular game time.

Other delisted AFL players, as of 31 October:

Andrew Strijk (WCE) 25, 13

Gerrick Weedon (WCE) 21, 1

Liam Jurrah (Melb) 24, 36

Tom Schneider (Haw) 20, 0 ?

Will Young (Adel) 22, 2

Josh Dyson (BL) 21, 1

Brad Harvey (BL) 20, 0

James Hawksley (BL) 23, 32

Bryce Retzlaff (BL) 21, 11

Sam Sheldon (BL) 23, 43

Cheynee Stiller (BL) 26, 100

Blake Bray (Carl) 20, 0

Mitch Carter (Carl) 21, 0

Nick Heyne (Carl)22, 3

Rohan Kerr (Carl) 20, 0

Matthew Lodge (Carl) 19, 0

Simon Buckley (Coll) 25, 26

Jonathon Ceglar (Coll) 21, 0

Paul Cribbin (Coll) 20, 0

Daniel Farmer (Coll) 20, 0

Shae McNamara (Coll) 27, 0

Luke Rounds (Coll) 21, 6

Lachlan Smith (Coll) 19, 0

Trent Stubbs (Coll) 20, 0

Kirk Ugle (Coll) 20, 3

Brendan Lee (Ess) 25, 2

Anthony Long (Ess) 21, 0

Michael Ross (Ess) 21, 2

Gavin Roberts (Fre) 21, 0

Jordan Wilson-King (Fre) 19, 0

Orren Stephenson (Geel) 30, 8

Piers Flanagan (GC) 20, 3

Sam Iles (GC) 25, 26

Hayden Jolly (GC) 20, 6

Alik Magin (GC) 21, 8

Lewis Moss (GC) 20, 0

Josh Toy (GC) 20, 13

Stephen Clifton (GWS) 25, 5

Rhys Cooyou (GWS) 21, 1

Tim Segrave (GWS) 20, 0

Jarrad Boumann (Haw) 23, 2

Michael Osborne* (Haw) 30, 163

Adam Pattison (Haw) 26, 66

Jamie Bennell (Melb) 22, 57

Jai Sheahan (Melb) 19, 0

Leigh Williams (Melb) 22, 0

Malcolm Lynch (NM) 24, 2

Brad Mangan (NM) 21, 0

Ben McKinley (NM) 25, 48

Ben Speight (NM) 22, 10

Gavin Urquhart (NM) 24, 41

Ben Warren (NM) 23, 29

Mitch Banner (PA) 22, 19

Mitch Curnow (PA) 20, 0

Jarrad Irons (PA) 20, 3

Simon Phillips (PA) 25, 9

Steven Salopek (PA) 27, 121

Daniel Webb (PA) 23, 0

Daniel Connors 27 games

Andrew Browne (Rich) 22, 12

Dean MacDonald (Rich) 20, 0

Addam Maric (Rich) 22, 31

Jayden Post 22, 30

Gibson Turner (Rich) 19, 0

Jeromey Webberley (Rich) 24, 16

Piva Wright (Rich) 19, 0

Warrick Andreoli (StK) 20, 0

Daniel Archer (StK) 21, 1

Raph Clarke (StK) 27, 85

Sam Crocker (StK) 20, 0

Jason Gram (StK) 28, 154

Brett Peake (StK) 29, 118

Dean Polo (StK) 26, 77

Nathan Gordon (Syd) 22, 2

Eugene Kruger (Syd) 21, 0

Jack Lynch (Syd) 19, 0

Dylan McNeil (Syd) 21, 0

Brett Meredith (Syd) 23, 16

Jarred Moore (Syd) 26, 68

Anton Hamp (WCE) 20, 0

Michael Mascoulis (WCE) 19, 0

Ryan Neates (WCE) 21, 0

Callum Papertalk (WCE) 20, 0

Tom Hill (WB) 21, 0

Andrew Hooper (WB) 21, 7

Brodie Moles (WB) 26, 17

James Mulligan (WB) 23, 3

Matt Panos (WB) 21, 0

Justin Sherman (WB) 25, 138

Nick Lower (FRE) 42 games

Dylan Roberton (FRE) 37 games

Jesse Crichton (FRE) 17 games

Nick Joyce (ADEL)

* Collins and Osborne will continue to train with their respective clubs, in the hope of being re-listed in the preseason draft.

AFL 2015

Round 1
Thu, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
CAR 78 vs RIC 105 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
MEL 115 vs GCF 89 Stats
SYD 72 vs ESS 60 Stats
BRI 74 vs COL 86 Stats
WBU 97 vs WCE 87 Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 78 vs GWS 87 Stats
ADE 140 vs NTH 63 Stats
FRE 75 vs PTA 68 Stats
Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 123 vs GEE 61 Stats
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Round 2
Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
WCE 131 vs CAR 62 Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 66 vs WBU 85 Report Stats
GWS 101 vs MEL 56 Stats
COL 63 vs ADE 90 Report Stats
GCF 76 vs STK 104 Stats
PTA 44 vs SYD 92 Stats
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
GEE 60 vs FRE 104 Stats
ESS 78 vs HAW 76 Stats
NTH 133 vs BRI 51 Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
COL 140 vs STK 66 Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
CAR 84 vs ESS 105 Stats
ADE 80 vs MEL 55 Stats
SYD 111 vs GWS 90 Report Stats
NTH 105 vs PTA 113 Stats
BRI 58 vs RIC 137 Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 127 vs WBU 57 Stats
GEE 105 vs GCF 96 Stats
WCE 81 vs FRE 111 Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 51 vs MEL 83 Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 81 vs CAR 121 Report Report Stats
ESS 49 vs COL 69 Report Stats
GWS 119 vs GCF 53 Stats
PTA 99 vs HAW 91 Stats
FRE 74 vs SYD 60 Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 65 vs WCE 118 Stats
GEE 67 vs NTH 83 Stats
WBU 125 vs ADE 68 Stats
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Round 5
Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 45 vs COL 120 Stats
Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
RIC 76 vs GEE 85 Stats
SYD 73 vs WBU 77 Stats
GCF 118 vs BRI 54 Stats
NTH 70 vs HAW 130 Stats
WCE 120 vs GWS 33 Stats
Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
MEL 50 vs FRE 118 Stats
STK 80 vs ESS 82 Stats
ADE 91 vs PTA 115 Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
COL 59 vs GEE 100 Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
NTH 109 vs RIC 74 Stats
WBU 87 vs STK 94 Stats
GWS 108 vs HAW 98 Stats
GCF 78 vs ADE 119 Stats
MEL 50 vs SYD 88 Stats
FRE 80 vs ESS 52 Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 75 vs BRI 84 Report Stats
PTA 68 vs WCE 78 Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 82 vs NTH 93 Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
ADE 119 vs STK 73 Stats
HAW 155 vs MEL 50 Stats
CAR 57 vs GWS 135 Stats
SYD 120 vs GEE 77 Stats
WCE 135 vs GCF 43 Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
WBU 88 vs FRE 101 Stats
RIC 105 vs COL 100 Report Stats
BRI 102 vs PTA 65 Report Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
GEE 140 vs CAR 63 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 78 vs WCE 131 Report Stats
GWS 108 vs ADE 84 Report Stats
GCF 63 vs COL 132 Report Stats
HAW 69 vs SYD 73 Report Stats
FRE 115 vs NTH 42 Report Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 136 vs BRI 78 Report Stats
MEL 103 vs WBU 64 Report Stats
PTA 43 vs RIC 76 Report Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD 122 vs CAR 62 Report Stats
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
HAW 93 vs GCF 40 Report Stats
MEL 54 vs PTA 115 Report Stats
WBU 113 vs GWS 68 Report Stats
RIC 72 vs ESS 59 Report Stats
ADE 57 vs FRE 68 Report Stats
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI 86 vs STK 108 Report Stats
COL 112 vs NTH 95 Report Stats
WCE 120 vs GEE 64 Report Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE vs RIC 20:10Domain Stadium
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR vs ADE 13:40MCG
GCF vs SYD 16:35MS
ESS vs GEE 19:20ES
PTA vs WBU 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
GWS vs BRI 13:10Spotless Stadium
NTH vs WCE 15:20BA
STK vs HAW 16:40ES
Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL vs COL 15:20MCG
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Round 11
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
PTA vs GEE 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
GCF vs FRE 13:40MS
WCE vs ESS 16:35Domain Stadium
NTH vs SYD 19:20ES
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
COL vs GWS 13:10MCG
STK vs MEL 16:40ES
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Round 12
Thu, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
ADE vs HAW 19:50Adelaide Oval
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC vs WCE 19:50MCG
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR vs PTA 13:40MCG
GWS vs NTH 16:35Spotless Stadium
WBU vs BRI 19:20ES
Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE vs MEL 15:20SS
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Round 13
Thu, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE vs COL 20:10Domain Stadium
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD vs RIC 19:50SCG
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW vs ESS 13:40MCG
BRI vs ADE 16:35G
STK vs WBU 19:20ES
Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR vs GCF 15:20ES
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Round 14
Thu, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs PTA 19:20SCG
Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
COL vs HAW 19:50MCG
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC vs GWS 13:40MCG
GCF vs NTH 16:35MS
WBU vs CAR 19:20ES
MEL vs WCE 19:40TIO
Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS vs STK 13:10ES
ADE vs GEE 15:20Adelaide Oval
FRE vs BRI 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 15
Thu, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA vs COL 19:50Adelaide Oval
Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC vs CAR 19:50MCG
Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS vs MEL 13:40MCG
WBU vs GCF 16:35CAZ
NTH vs GEE 19:20ES
WCE vs ADE 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS vs STK 13:10Spotless Stadium
HAW vs FRE 15:20AS
BRI vs SYD 16:40G
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Round 16
Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
NTH vs ESS 19:50ES
Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE vs WBU 13:45SS
GCF vs GWS 14:10MS
COL vs WCE 16:35ES
SYD vs HAW 19:20ANZ
FRE vs CAR 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL vs BRI 13:10MCG
PTA vs ADE 15:20Adelaide Oval
STK vs RIC 16:40ES
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Round 17
Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR vs HAW 19:50ES
Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS vs GEE 13:45SO
ADE vs GCF 14:10Adelaide Oval
RIC vs FRE 16:35MCG
ESS vs PTA 19:20ES
BRI vs NTH 19:20G
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
WBU vs COL 13:10ES
MEL vs STK 15:20MCG
WCE vs SYD 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 18
Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
HAW vs RIC 19:50MCG
Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE vs BRI 13:45SS
COL vs MEL 14:10MCG
SYD vs ADE 16:35SCG
CAR vs NTH 19:20ES
GCF vs WCE 19:20MS
Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
PTA vs STK 13:10Adelaide Oval
ESS vs WBU 15:20ES
FRE vs GWS 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 19
Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE vs RIC 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
COL vs CAR 13:45MCG
WBU vs PTA 14:10ES
BRI vs GCF 16:35G
GEE vs SYD 19:20SS
WCE vs HAW 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL vs NTH 13:10MCG
GWS vs ESS 15:20Spotless Stadium
STK vs FRE 16:40ES
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Round 20
Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD vs COL 19:50SCG
Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
ESS vs ADE 13:45ES
NTH vs STK 14:10BA
PTA vs GWS 16:35Adelaide Oval
GEE vs HAW 19:20MCG
BRI vs CAR 19:20G
Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC vs GCF 13:10MCG
WBU vs MEL 15:20ES
FRE vs WCE 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 21
Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
HAW vs PTA 19:50ES
Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
COL vs RIC 13:45MCG
GWS vs SYD 14:10Spotless Stadium
GCF vs ESS 16:35MS
STK vs GEE 19:20ES
ADE vs BRI 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH vs FRE 13:10ES
CAR vs MEL 15:20MCG
WCE vs WBU 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 22
Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE vs COL 19:50MCG
Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
GWS vs CAR 13:45Spotless Stadium
HAW vs BRI 14:10AS
NTH vs WBU 16:35ES
ESS vs RIC 19:20MCG
GCF vs PTA 19:20MS
Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE vs WCE 13:10Adelaide Oval
STK vs SYD 15:20ES
FRE vs MEL 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 23
Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
COL vs ESS 00:00MCG
RIC vs NTH 00:00ES
HAW vs CAR 00:00MCG
GEE vs ADE 00:00SS
SYD vs GCF 00:00SCG
MEL vs GWS 00:00ES
BRI vs WBU 00:00G
PTA vs FRE 00:30Adelaide Oval
WCE vs STK 02:00Domain Stadium
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AFL 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Fremantle 9 9 0 0 151.61 36
West Coast Eagles 9 7 2 0 161.19 28
Sydney Swans 9 7 2 0 134.49 28
Collingwood 9 6 3 0 128.24 24
GWS Giants 9 6 3 0 110.26 24
Hawthorn 9 5 4 0 151.26 20
Adelaide Crows 9 5 4 0 113.37 20
Richmond 9 5 4 0 108.86 20
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