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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.


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.

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AFL 2016

Round 1
Thu, 24 MarTimes shown AEDT
RIC vs CAR 19:20MCG
Sat, 26 MarTimes shown AEDT
MEL vs GWS 13:40MCG
GCF vs ESS 16:35MS
NTH vs ADE 19:25ES
SYD vs COL 19:25ANZ
Sun, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
WBU vs FRE 13:10ES
PTA vs STK 15:20Adelaide Oval
WCE vs BRI 19:40Domain Stadium
Mon, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
GEE vs HAW 15:20MCG
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Round 2
Fri, 01 AprTimes shown AEDT
COL vs RIC 19:50MCG
Sat, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
ADE vs PTA 13:45Adelaide Oval
ESS vs MEL 14:10MCG
BRI vs NTH 16:35G
STK vs WBU 19:25ES
FRE vs GCF 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 03 AprTimes shown AEST
GWS vs GEE 13:10SO
HAW vs WCE 15:20MCG
CAR vs SYD 16:40ES
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Round 3
Fri, 08 AprTimes shown AEST
PTA vs ESS 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 09 AprTimes shown AEST
STK vs COL 13:45MCG
RIC vs ADE 14:10ES
SYD vs GWS 16:35SCG
GCF vs CAR 19:25MS
WCE vs FRE 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
NTH vs MEL 13:10BA
WBU vs HAW 15:20ES
GEE vs BRI 16:40SS
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Round 4
Fri, 15 AprTimes shown AEST
WCE vs RIC 20:10Domain Stadium
Sat, 16 AprTimes shown AEST
ESS vs GEE 13:45MCG
HAW vs STK 14:10AS
BRI vs GCF 16:35G
CAR vs WBU 19:25ES
ADE vs SYD 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
GWS vs PTA 13:10SO
COL vs MEL 15:20MCG
NTH vs FRE 16:40ES
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Round 5
Fri, 22 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW vs ADE 19:50MCG
Sat, 23 AprTimes shown AEST
SYD vs WCE 13:40SCG
GCF vs NTH 16:35MS
WBU vs BRI 19:25ES
PTA vs GEE 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
STK vs GWS 13:10ES
FRE vs CAR 16:10Domain Stadium
MEL vs RIC 19:10MCG
Mon, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
COL vs ESS 15:20MCG
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Round 6
Fri, 29 AprTimes shown AEST
NTH vs WBU 19:50ES
Sat, 30 AprTimes shown AEST
MEL vs STK 13:45ES
ADE vs FRE 14:10Adelaide Oval
GWS vs HAW 16:35Spotless Stadium
RIC vs PTA 19:25MCG
GEE vs GCF 19:25SS
Sun, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI vs SYD 13:10G
CAR vs ESS 15:20MCG
WCE vs COL 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 7
Fri, 06 MayTimes shown AEST
RIC vs HAW 19:50MCG
Sat, 07 MayTimes shown AEST
COL vs CAR 13:45MCG
GEE vs WCE 14:10SS
SYD vs ESS 16:35ANZ
GCF vs MEL 17:10MS
WBU vs ADE 19:40ES
FRE vs GWS 20:10Domain Stadium
Sun, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
STK vs NTH 15:20ES
PTA vs BRI 16:40Adelaide Oval
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Round 8
Fri, 13 MayTimes shown AEST
ADE vs GEE 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 14 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS vs NTH 13:45ES
HAW vs FRE 14:10AS
GWS vs GCF 16:35Spotless Stadium
BRI vs COL 19:25G
RIC vs SYD 19:25MCG
Sun, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR vs PTA 13:10ES
MEL vs WBU 15:20MCG
WCE vs STK 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 9
Fri, 20 MayTimes shown AEST
HAW vs SYD 19:50MCG
Sat, 21 MayTimes shown AEST
COL vs GEE 13:45MCG
GCF vs ADE 14:10MS
PTA vs WCE 16:35Adelaide Oval
NTH vs CAR 19:25ES
FRE vs RIC 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
MEL vs BRI 13:10MCG
GWS vs WBU 15:20Spotless Stadium
STK vs ESS 16:40ES
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Round 10
Fri, 27 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD vs NTH 19:50SCG
Sat, 28 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI vs HAW 13:45G
MEL vs PTA 14:10TIO Traeger Park
STK vs FRE 16:35ES
ESS vs RIC 19:25MCG
ADE vs GWS 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR vs GEE 13:10ES
COL vs WBU 15:20MCG
WCE vs GCF 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 11
Fri, 03 JunTimes shown AEST
NTH vs RIC 19:50BA
Sat, 04 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW vs MEL 13:45MCG
CAR vs BRI 14:10ES
GEE vs GWS 16:35SS
GCF vs SYD 19:25MS
FRE vs ESS 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
COL vs PTA 13:10MCG
WBU vs WCE 15:20ES
ADE vs STK 16:40Adelaide Oval
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Round 12
Fri, 10 JunTimes shown AEST
ESS vs HAW 19:50ES
Sat, 11 JunTimes shown AEST
PTA vs WBU 13:40Adelaide Oval
BRI vs FRE 16:35G
GEE vs NTH 19:25ES
WCE vs ADE 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
STK vs CAR 13:10ES
RIC vs GCF 15:20MCG
GWS vs SYD 16:40Spotless Stadium
Mon, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL vs COL 15:20MCG
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Round 13
Fri, 17 JunTimes shown AEST
NTH vs HAW 19:50ES
Sat, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI vs WCE 13:40G
FRE vs PTA 16:35Domain Stadium
WBU vs GEE 19:25ES
Sun, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD vs MEL 13:10SCG
ESS vs GWS 16:40ES
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Round 14
Thu, 23 JunTimes shown AEST
ADE vs NTH 19:50Adelaide Oval
Fri, 24 JunTimes shown AEST
COL vs FRE 19:50MCG
Sat, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC vs BRI 13:40MCG
GWS vs CAR 16:35Spotless Stadium
STK vs GEE 19:25ES
Sun, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW vs GCF 15:20AS
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Round 15
Thu, 30 JunTimes shown AEST
WCE vs ESS 20:10Domain Stadium
Fri, 01 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA vs RIC 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
GCF vs STK 13:40MS
SYD vs WBU 16:35SCG
CAR vs COL 19:25MCG
Sun, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL vs ADE 15:20MCG
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Round 16
Thu, 07 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA vs HAW 19:50Adelaide Oval
Fri, 08 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE vs SYD 19:50SS
Sat, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS vs COL 13:40Spotless Stadium
GCF vs BRI 16:35MS
WBU vs RIC 19:25ES
MEL vs FRE 19:40TIO
Sun, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR vs ADE 13:10MCG
WCE vs NTH 15:20Domain Stadium
ESS vs STK 16:40ES
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Round 17
Thu, 14 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs HAW 19:20SCG
Fri, 15 JulTimes shown AEST
FRE vs GEE 20:10Domain Stadium
Sat, 16 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC vs ESS 13:40MCG
NTH vs PTA 16:35ES
WBU vs GCF 19:25CAZ
ADE vs COL 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR vs WCE 13:10MCG
STK vs MEL 15:20ES
BRI vs GWS 16:40G
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Round 18
Fri, 22 JulTimes shown AEST
COL vs NTH 19:50ES
Sat, 23 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs CAR 13:45ANZ
GCF vs FRE 14:10MS
WCE vs MEL 16:35Domain Stadium
WBU vs STK 19:25ES
GEE vs ADE 19:25SS
Sun, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS vs BRI 13:10ES
HAW vs RIC 15:20MCG
PTA vs GWS 16:40Adelaide Oval
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Round 19
Fri, 29 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE vs WBU 19:50SS
Sat, 30 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS vs RIC 13:45SO
HAW vs CAR 14:10AS
COL vs WCE 16:35MCG
BRI vs PTA 19:25G
NTH vs STK 19:25ES
Sun, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL vs GCF 13:10MCG
FRE vs SYD 15:20Domain Stadium
ADE vs ESS 16:40Adelaide Oval
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Round 20
Fri, 05 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC vs COL 19:50MCG
Sat, 06 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD vs PTA 13:45SCG
MEL vs HAW 14:10MCG
GCF vs GWS 16:35MS
WBU vs NTH 19:25ES
ADE vs BRI 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
CAR vs STK 13:10MCG
GEE vs ESS 15:20ES
FRE vs WCE 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 21
Fri, 12 AugTimes shown AEST
WBU vs COL 19:50ES
Sat, 13 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI vs CAR 13:45G
HAW vs NTH 14:10MCG
GWS vs WCE 16:35Spotless Stadium
STK vs SYD 19:25ES
PTA vs MEL 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
ESS vs GCF 13:10ES
RIC vs GEE 15:20MCG
FRE vs ADE 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 22
Fri, 19 AugTimes shown AEST
WCE vs HAW 20:10Domain Stadium
Sat, 20 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH vs SYD 13:45BA
RIC vs STK 14:10MCG
GWS vs FRE 16:35Spotless Stadium
COL vs GCF 19:25ES
PTA vs ADE 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
CAR vs MEL 13:10MCG
BRI vs GEE 15:20G
ESS vs WBU 16:40ES
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Round 23
Sat, 27 AugTimes shown AEST
HAW vs COL 12:00MCG
STK vs BRI 12:00ES
ESS vs CAR 12:00MCG
GCF vs PTA 12:00MS
SYD vs RIC 12:00SCG
NTH vs GWS 12:00ES
GEE vs MEL 12:00SS
ADE vs WCE 12:30Adelaide Oval
FRE vs WBU 14:00Domain Stadium
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AFL 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Adelaide Crows 0 0 0 0 - 0
Brisbane Lions 0 0 0 0 - 0
Carlton 0 0 0 0 - 0
Collingwood 0 0 0 0 - 0
Essendon 0 0 0 0 - 0
Fremantle 0 0 0 0 - 0
Geelong Cats 0 0 0 0 - 0
Gold Coast Suns 0 0 0 0 - 0
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