What is everyone’s thoughts on Free Agency system to date now we have had it for close to 6 years?
The AFL said the whole premise was to try and equalize clubs whereby players could move to the less exciting clubs for bigger pay packets and in my opinion this is a complete joke. Looking back at which clubs have benefitted the most from Free Agency by either recruiting players in their prime and premierships we have
E.Betts (much loved and AA)
D.Thomas - prior was a premiership player
M.Wright - Solid contributor and best 22
Goddard (in his prime)
D.Pearce (was good, not getting a look in now)
Hawks 2 premierships
Simpkin + Frawley (premierships)
D.Roberton (best 22 player now. Was a DFA)
X.Ellis - former premiership player for
The biggest benefactory is arguably Hawks getting some player to boost their premierships. Bulldogs got 2 players to contribute to their premierships.
Sydney yet to make any premierships with Buddy’s big monster.
Gold Coast have had some in the likes of Barlow and Grant, but they havent paid off and Barlow is not best 22 in their eyes. Richmond went hard early with Chaplin and Knights but they capitulated.