Hawthorn are taking a cautious approach with veteran defender Grant Birchall as he recovers from knee surgery and have ruled him out for round one.
Peter Ryan joined The Age in 2017 having covered AFL as a senior reporter with AFL Media.
Collingwood have half their list out of contract at the end of the season with wayward midfielder Jordan De Goey among an extended list of Magpies unsigned.
The inexperienced Western Bulldogs' squad became cannon fodder in AFLX while a Mitch Robinson 10-pointer denied Richmond another grand final spot.
A stunning four-goal haul from captain Erin Phillips helped the Adelaide Crows beat the Western Bulldogs by seven points.
The first player Richmond added to the list post-premiership was Jack Higgins. They picked a lively character for lively times at Tigerland.
A meeting between the AFL and Tasmania State League clubs will take place next Thursday to discuss the future direction of the game in Tasmania.
Sitting on the sidelines watching Richmond win their first flag for 37 years was all the motivation Sam Lloyd needed to attack the pre-season with vigour.
The AFL has decided to use yellow Sherrins for the remaining two AFLX tournaments.
Any player who activates their free agency status would become free agents the next time they come out of contract
Geelong and Port Adelaide kicked off the AFL's latest concept when AFLX began in Adelaide on Thursday night.