by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago
All clubs submitted their second list lodgements in mid-November indicating changes made since the first list. The changes are:
BRISBANE: added free agent Mitch Robinson (Carlton)
CARLTON: added free agent Matthew Dick (Sydney)
FREMANTLE: delisted Tanner Smith (but intend to redraft him as a rookie), delisted Josh Simpson, Sam Menegola and Michael Wood.
GEELONG: added free agent Sam Blease (Melbourne)
GOLD COAST: none
HAWTHORN: delisted Sam Grimley
NORTH MELBOURNE: none
MELBOURNE: added free agent Ben Newton (PA); delisted Dom Barry and Michael Evans
Young midfielder Dom Barry recently informed the club that he was walking away from football to return to his Northern Territory home and family. He said part of the reason was that he had lost the passion for football, but he also wanted to return home to devote more time to his community and understanding his cultural identity. According to Melbourne Football Manager Josh Mahoney, Barry has a passion for Indigenous culture and welfare programs and often expressed his connection to his homeland. Barry, 20, left home at 14 to attend school in Ballarat. He played for the Northern Territory in the Under-18's in 2012 and came to the Demons as part of the GWS mini-draft deal that secured key forward Jesse Hogan. Mahoney praised Barry for his selflessness and honesty with the club and said the club fully supports his decision. Mahoney also indicated the club would try to assist Barry and petition the AFL in case Barry decides to return, saying the club "will be working with Dom and will be making a submission to the AFL under the exceptional and compelling circumstances. This would, if approved, allow the opportunity for Dom to reengage with the Melbourne Football Club, should Dom rekindle his passion for AFL." Evans is weighing up his options and the club will consider redrafting him if he nominates.
RICHMOND: added free agent Taylor Hunt (Geelong); delisted Matt Arnot (the club intends to re-draft Arnot as a rookie).
ST KILDA: added free agent Tim Membrey (Sydney)
WB: added free agent Joel Hamling (Geelong); delisted Daniel Pearce and Jason Tutt
Jason Tutt, out of contract, actually delisted himself and will nominate for the preseason draft. Carlton is set to pick him up, having already offered him a two year contract. Tutt, 23, was set to join the Blues during the trade period but the deal fell through. The Blues could not pick him up as a delisted free agent because he removed himself from the Bulldogs' list. Tutt, drafted in 2009, played 26 games and booted 22 goals for the Dogs. His departure gives the Bulldogs another selection in the upcoming draft. Tutt is set to become the fifth player Carlton has recruited from rival clubs during the off-season, following the acquisitions of Kristian Jaksch (GWS), Mark Whiley (GWS), Matthew Dick (Sydney Swans) and former Bulldog Liam Jones.
A number of delisted players have received permission to train with other clubs in the hopes of being drafted:
CARLTON: Jason Tutt
COLLINGWOOD: Tony Armstrong (Collingwood)
GOLD COAST: Greg Broughton (GC), Andrew Raines (Brisbane)
MELBOURNE: Luke Tapscott (Melbourne)
NORTH MELBOURNE: Cameron Delaney and Max Warren (North Melbourne)
ST KILDA: Shaun McKernan (Adelaide), Jack Noone and Kenny Ong (Sandringham), Jared Petrenko (Adelaide Crows), Adam Schneider (St Kilda), Jeremy Taylor (Gold Coast Suns)
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Brett Goodes (Western Bulldogs), Alex Greenwood (Western Bulldogs), Daniel Pearce (Western Bulldogs)
Several clubs also have players from the VFL and other secondary leagues training with them as potential draftees. Training with these clubs is no guarantee they will be drafted. Players still training with the club which delisted them can be redrafted by that club as rookie selections.
Source: Patrick Keane, AFL Media Release, Ryan Larkin, Melbourne Media Release, afl.com.au
Article last changed on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 4:21 PM EDT