A mid-season trade period is expected to come into the footy calendar as early as next year, but there are sure to be some clubs (and players) who wish deals could be done in May.

The AFL's recent collective bargaining agreement has given the league the power to introduce a mid-year player movement window, with the structure and guidelines for the concept yet to be confirmed.

But with such an idea potentially becoming really within 12 months' time, what would a mid-season trade period look like in 2024?

We've looked at five players who could benefit from a change of scene this season and the potential suitors who could also be attracted to a deal.

These are five moves a hypothetical 2024 mid-year trade period might include...


1. Adam Tomlinson to Port Adelaide

Demon Adam Tomlinson proved his value in last week's dismantling of St Kilda, being one of Melbourne's best performers in his return game.

The key defender had 12 intercept possessions for 25 disposals on the day, looking comfortable in the air and with the ball in the absence of premiership star Jake Lever.

Lever's eventual return will certainly raise questions as to what Tomlinson's future holds in the red and blue, with coach Simon Goodwin unlikely to keep the former Giant in his starting side given the form of senior duo Steven May and Tom McDonald also.

Off-contract this year after exploring his options in recent seasons, Tomlinson could finally secure a move elsewhere this off-season given his ability in the back half and hunger to play consistent football at senior level.

Steven May and Adam Tomlinson during the 2022 AFL Round 1 match between Melbourne and Western Bulldogs (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media)

Despite adding two key defenders to their list over the recent off-season, would Port Adelaide consider a third in the middle of the year given their struggles on the last line?

Tomlinson might be the best option for the Power to move for, but Melbourne might be reluctant to give up the veteran defender if it meant he landed with a fellow finals contender.

The Power could either pay up more than what Tomlinson might be worth on the open market or look toward another name like GWS tall Nick Haynes if they wanted to boost their 2024 flag chances.