It was another frantic week in the AFL trade circles, with more clubs officially entering their off-season and are beginning to re-shape their lists for 2022.
The Lions, Crows, Bombers and Swans were among the mix of clubs in the headlines over the past week in what has been a busy period of trade and free agency news and rumours.
Lachie Neale makes decision on future
It was a chaotic week for Lachie Neale, Brisbane and the Dockers, with the superstar midfielder being linked to a return to Fremantle, however the Brownlow medallist was eventually able to clear the air.
Neale said that while he and his wife had discussed the possibility of returning to Perth, but the discussions were very preliminary in their nature.
Hawks delist five players
The Bombers were linked to the exciting 20-year-old late last month, with the Victorian club eyeing Rosas as a potential boost to their small forward stocks as they looked to reignite their Northern Territory connection.
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Eagles face squeeze as midfielder is reportedly offered “significant pay cut”
The 30-year-old has reportedly been offered a slashed one-year deal to extend his stay in the blue and gold for a seventh season, reports 7 News' Ryan Daniels.
The offer is believed to be south of what Redden would be able to attain elsewhere, with West Coast feeling the pinch of their current financial situation.
READ MORE: Redden needing to weigh up pay-cut call
Swans midfielder “very likely” to join Victorian club
Hewett, who is among several Sydney players still out-of-contract, could depart the Swans this exchange period as the club looks to wrestle with a reported strain on their available salary cap.
Swans chief executive Tom Harley recently flagged that discussions with Hewett were yet to progress, with the midfielder's future up in the air.
READ MORE: Hewett tipped to join Blues
Demons reportedly place “attractive pitch” to Blues target
Edmund reports that the Demons are set to contest with the Blues for Cerra, despite their lack of valuable trade assets in the form of draft picks.
FULL STORY: Melbourne looking to impress wantaway Docker
Magpies emerge as leading candidate for want-away Dogs midfielder
Lipinski is expected to request a trade away from the Whitten Oval when the Bulldogs season comes to an end as he looks for more senior footy and midfield opportunities.
FULL STORY: Collingwood leading chase for Lipinski
Victorian club joins race for former Pick 5
The impending salary cap squeeze facing Sydney is beginning to pose some big headaches for their list management team.
READ MORE: Bombers eyeing Swans young gun
Dockers want Melbourne young gun if Dees land Cerra
Melbourne have reportedly met with the smooth midfielder and put a pitch to him that left Cerra seriously impressed.
Bombers veteran reportedly open to continuing playing career elsewhere
According to AFL.com.au, the 31-year-old is keen to keep his career alive after 13 seasons in the red sash.
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Victorian Crow set for homecoming
Having played 110-games in an Crows jumper since being selected with the 40th pick of the 2014 rookie draft, Kelly's services to the football club have seen him meet the markers to become an unrestricted free-agent.
Despite being sad to see the 26-year-old depart West Lakes, Adelaide's head of football Adam Kelly claimed that the Melburnian would depart with their blessing.
FULL STORY: Kelly set to link up with Essendon
Swans gun requests trade home
Dawson, who is out-of-contract at the Swans as a restricted free agent, will require the club to agree to an exchange that will see the 24-year-old join either the Crows or Power.
The Robe product has played 64 games for the Swans since joining the club, making his debut in 2017.
READ MORE: Dawson hoping to return home
Cats face “exodus” of young stars
Geelong have opted over the years to play in the free agency market and trade in ready-made senior players to continue to contend. This at times has come at the expense of the development of younger players.
READ MORE: Kittens could depart Kardinia Park
Fremantle have eye on Cerra replacement
Fremantle have conceded it is all-but a done deal that Adam Cerra will make his way to Victoria in the trade period, with his most likely landing spot being Carlton.
Cerra has developed into one the game's most exciting young midfielders and the Dockers will be filthy with losing a talent they spent four years developing.
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Twinned talls in talks to depart Tigerland
With the likely return of Ivan Soldo by Round 1, as well as the fact that Toby Nankervis is certain to remain on Richmond's list, the pair of rucking forwards could well see their playing time dry up next season.
According to reports from The Age, Coleman-Jones is deliberating whether to join North Melbourne or Gold Coast for the 2022 season, with both rival clubs having signalled their interest in signing the 22-year-old.
Jordan Dawson’s likely destination revealed
Jordan Dawson requested a trade from Sydney back to South Australia earlier this week as the Sydney salary cap squeeze begins to take some names.
Dawson had a career best season 2021 and was a key part of the Swans charge up the ladder but he and the Swans have been unable to come to terms on a new deal with his contract expiring at the end of this season.
FULL STORY: Port likely landing spot for SA Swan