by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA
Adam McPhee announced his retirement shortly before the draft. McPhee had recently signed a one year contract extension with the Dockers, but cited family reasons for wanting to return to Melbourne with his wife and two children. McPhee played 25 games for Fremantle 2001-2002 before being traded to Essendon where he played a further 142 games. He won Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 2004 as well as All-Australian selection. He rejoined the Dockers in 2009 via the preseason draft and played another 56 games.
McPhee will join his father-in-law's defense and security marketing company, but has not ruled out a return to the football industry in the future.
Jack Anthony, who joined the Dockers from Collingwood, has also decided to leave the club. He and the Dockers reached an amicable agreement in which Anthony does not have to see out the final year of his contract.
Source: Luke Morfesse, Fremantle Media Release
Former Cat Ben Graham has returned to Australia after eight years as an NFL punter with the NY Jets, New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals. He is taking up a role specially created for him by the Western Bulldogs and will be the strategic operations manager. The role involves working towards the future and, as Graham said "... what the Bulldogs will look like in 2020". Graham, 39, believes he can bring what he learned from the NFL to his role in helping Coach Brendan Sanderson develop his program. Graham joins former Geelong teammates Matthew Scarlett, Cameron Mooney and Steven King, all of whom are now assistants with the Dogs.
Just retired ruckman Ben Hudson has been appointed ruck coach at Collingwood. Hudson, 33, could end up coming out of retirement again (he retired from the Bulldogs in 2011 only to be recruited to the Brisbane Lions for the 2012 season). Collingwood has already applied to the AFL for permission to allow Hudson to train with the club with a view to selecting him in the rookie draft. Hudson would then have to nominate for that draft. According to Coach Nathan Buckley, the priority was to develop young ruckmen Jarrod Witts and Brodie Grundy but there was no reason Hudson could not provide backup support to Darren Jolly and recent West Coast recruit Quinten Lynch. Hudson began his AFL career with Adelaide and was then traded to the Bulldogs before joining Brisbane. He played a total of 161 games over eight seasons.
Retired Demon Brad Green has been appointed as midfield coach at Carlton. Green played 254 games with Melbourne, won the Best and Fairest award in 2010 and played in the International Rules Series in 2010 under the coaching of newly appointed Blues coach Mick Malthouse. He captained the Demons in 2011.
Former Port and Fremantle defender Nick Lower has been signed by the Western Bulldogs as a free agent. Lower played 20 games for Port 2006-2009 and 22 for the Dockers over the past two seasons. He was delisted by the Dockers and invited to train with the Bulldogs.
A number of players have been given permission to train with AFL clubs with the hope of being selected in either the preseason draft or rookie draft. Some were delisted by other AFL clubs while others were delisted but will be redrafted by their own clubs. The player's current club is in parentheses.
Adelaide: Nick Joyce (Adelaide Crows)
Joyce's delisting was part of the fallout from the Tippett saga. The club has every intention of redrafting him.
Brisbane Lions: Callum Bartlett (Brisbane Lions), Jordan Bourke (Morningside), Nicholas Hayes (Woodville West Torrens)
Carlton: Andrew Collins (Carlton), Kyle Reimers (Essendon)
Collingwood: Ben Hudson (Brisbane Lions), Peter Yagmoor (Collingwood)
Essendon Steve Baldasso (Norwood), Sam Colqhoun (Central Districts), Chris DeLuca (Subiaco), Dayle Garlett (Swan Districts), Will Hams (Gippsland Power)
Fremantle: Jesse Crichton (Fremantle), Alex Hewson (Fremantle), Nick Rodda (West Perth), Callum Sinclair (Subiaco), Cam Symonds (East Fremantle), Matthew Taberner (Murray Bushrangers)
Gold Coast Suns: Andrew Boston (Broadbeach), Leigh Osborne (Frankston)
GWS Giants: Joseph Redfern (East Coast Eagles), Dean Robertson (North Ballarat Rebels), Zach Williams (Narrandera)
Melbourne: Jack Hannath (Central District)
North Melbourne: Cameron Richardson (North Melbourne), Ben Speight (North Melbourne)
Port Adelaide: Kory Beard (Port Adelaide Magpies), Jaryd Cachia (Norwood), Sam Gray (Port Adelaide Magpies), Justin Hoskin (Port Adelaide Magpies), Sean Lemmens (Port Adelaide Magpies), Aseri Raikiwasa (Port Adelaide Magpies) and Liam Jurrah (Melbourne). Jurrah walked out on Melbourne for personal reasons and still has to appear in court for assault, allegedly stemming from a long family feud. He has to meet several conditions set down by Port. One of those is that he must attend every training session and prove his fitmess.
Richmond: Addam Maric (Richmond), Orren Stephenson (Geelong Cats), Josh Toy (Gold Coast Suns), Cameron Wood (Collingwood)
Sydney Swans: Brandon Jack (Pennant Hills), Sam Naismith (North Shore), Dane Rampe (UNSW), Xavier Richards (Sandringham Dragons)
Western Bulldogs: Matthew Bate (Melbourne), Ben Duscher (Bendigo), Brett Goodes (Williamstown), Nick Lower (Fremantle), Brent Prismall (Essendon)
Source: Patrick Keane, AFL Media Release
Article last changed on Friday, February 01, 2013 - 8:44 PM EST