Richmond’s Brandon Ellis will be one of the most sought free agents, and Cleary believes the Kangaroos and Blues are keen.
“This is a fascinating one, it’s a bit of a holding pattern at the moment. He’s parked negotiations until the end of the season, I think North Melbourne and Carlton are both interested,” Cleary told AFL Nation.
“It’s hard to see him staying at Richmond next year. I think it’s long odds he stays at Punt Road. He’s a restricted free agent so that means he’s a top 10 earner right now, he’s nowhere near their top 10 earners right now.
“He’d have to take a pay cut to stay.”
Fremantle’s Ed Langdon has been consistently linked to a host Victorian clubs, and it is becoming more likely that he will return to his home state.
“He’s parked negotiations to the end of the year as well. He’s a Victorian boy, I think this has got a few alarm bells around it for Fremantle.”
“He’s been courted for a number of years by the likes of Melbourne, Collingwood – where his brother Tom plays as well – I think the Dockers are a little worried about this.”
GWS’ Stephen Coniglio is the biggest star on the market and there is a growing ambiguity with where his future lies.
“The Giants are still very confident,” Cleary said.
“It’s been four weeks since he’s had that bye period. He’s got everything in front of him to make that decision. I don’t know what’s holding him up.
“Every week this goes on, teams like Carlton, Hawthorn and even West Coast start to get a little more hope that he’ll be joining them.”
North Melbourne’s Todd Goldstein and Port Adelaide’s Paddy Ryder are reportedly unlikely to remain at their clubs.
“It’s hard to see either of these guys staying at their original clubs.”
“I think Goldstein’s more likely to head to St Kilda than anywhere else.”
“Sydney or GWS (for Ryder). Shane Mumford has battled hard, but I don’t think he’s got too many runs left in those legs.”
Essendon’s Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti comes out of contract but does not qualify for free agency.
However, his discussions with the Bombers have reportedly not progressed.
“There’s still not a great deal of movement on his contract. The Dogs have got some interest there.”
Finally, Cleary believes Adelaide’s Hugh Greenwood is searching for a better deal with the club as a number of rivals circle.
“I think the offer from the Crows right now isn’t what he wants and not as forthcoming as hoped.”
“He’s 28 next year and has got some interest from a few clubs, Hawthorn is among them.
“If the Hawks miss out on Stephen Coniglio, I think it might ramp up around Hugh Greenwood.”