The first player to become a free agent in 2022 was confirmed on Monday – and his destination looks certain.
In addition, Alastair Clarkson insisted he would not repeat North Melbourne’s recruitment mistake.
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3.25 MIL. HOME REVEALED FOR A FREE AGENT
Hawthorn are expected to sign Port Adelaide midfielder/winger Karl Amon in free agency, News Corp reports.
On Monday, the Power confirmed Amon would explore his free agency options, ending his eight-year, 124-game career at Alberton.
The Hawks and Saints have been heavily linked with Amon – his mum works at St Kilda and he grew up a fan of the club – but he is set to anchor at Waverley Park.
Amon is expected to sign a contract worth up to $650,000 per season over four or five years.
This should mean Port Adelaide will receive a late first or second round draft pick to compensate for his departure.
In comparison, Richmond received a second-round pick as compensation when Brandon Ellis moved to the Gold Coast on a deal worth $600,000 per season over five years – the Tigers publicly declared their frustration at not receiving more.
AFL free agency opens at 9am AEST on Friday 30 September, with the trade period starting at 9am AEST on Monday 3 October.
CLARKO CALLED THEY NOT TO REPEAT ROOS’ MISTAKE
North Melbourne coach Alastair Clarkson has hinted he could bring his old Hawthorn protege Bradley Hill to his new club, but Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd believes that would be a bad idea.
Hill is reportedly open to a trade from St Kilda, which could see him join a fourth AFL club with two years left on his $900,000-a-season deal.
Speaking on Fox Footy’s On the Couch on Monday night, Clarkson did nothing to shut down the link, joking that he had “crossed paths with one or two” potential recruits in recent weeks.
“I think Hilly would look good in blue and white,” he added.
But Hill, 29, would be the wrong type of target for back-to-back wooden spoons, according to Lloyd.
“For me, it’s bad for them to go down that line,” he said on 3AW’s Sportsday.
“I think in the past guys like Dom Tyson have been on the roster for a long time, Aaron Hall has played some good football, but where does that take them?” Lloyd said.
“Jaidyn Stephenson came in, they would have hoped he would be better at that age. I’m talking about the older fighters… I don’t think it got them very far.
“Don’t take anyone who’s 29, 30, 31 who won’t take you anywhere.
“I think they’ve got to go aggressive now that Clarko is there for the 22-26-year-olds and the top guys … Jacob Hopper, Tim Tarant, Lachie Whitfield, Josh Dunkley types, guys who can really make a difference. otherwise, don’t take any more recharges.”
But Hill’s exit would be a victory for the Saints, who according to Lloyd finished just outside the top eight for the second year in a row.
“It would be a blessing for St Kilda if he left because it takes a lot of money off the books,” he said.
“He just sat back and in a sense it didn’t work for them. They have to fight that as well, but there are also issues like St Kilda.”
Hill played 211 games in his career at Hawthorn (95), Fremantle (54) and St Kilda (62).
Sydney ruckman Tom Hickey is the only active player to have played for four teams (Gold Coast, St Kilda, West Coast and Swans).
The VFL-AFL record is five teams, jointly held by Adrian Fletcher, Dale Kickett, Les Hughson and Les Abbott.
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