MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15: Patrick Cripps of the Blues and Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs line up on each other in the centre of the ground during the round 13 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium on June 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Kane Cornes has named the top 10 upcoming free agents who he believes will be most in demand on SEN.
including 10 club captains and a number of stars. AFL Media exclusively revealed this year’s 140 free agents,
Topping Cornes’ list is Western Bulldog
Marcus Bontempelli, who is coming off an All-Australian campaign where he averaged 20.9 disposals, 4.8 tackles and 5.2 clearances per game.
“Similar age, similar abilities, but Marcus Bontempelli is the number one in demand free agent on the list at the moment and there’s some good players,” Cornes said on SEN radio.
Coming in at No. 2 on Cornes list is another player from the 2013 AFL draft –
Carlton’s Patrick Cripps. While Cornes believes the Blues skipper will stay put, he ranks him as the second best player who is currently a free agent.
“Similar age, similar abilities, but Marcus Bontempelli is the number one in demand free agent on the list at the moment and there’s some good players.”
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 28: Patrick Cripps of the Blues and Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs are interviewed during the 2019 All Australian Awards at Palais Theatre on August 28, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Coming in third is Tigers triple-premiership defender
Dylan Grimes, who Cornes declared is “the best defender in the game.”
“Dylan Grimes is the best defender in the game in my opinion. I have him at number three and he’s a free agent and the third most in-demand free agent for mine.”
Rounding out Cornes’ top five is Giant Josh Kelly and Demon Max Gawn.
Check out his full top 10 below!
1. Marcus Bontempelli (
2. Patrick Cripps (Carlton)
3. Dylan Grimes ( Richmond)
4. Josh Kelly ( GWS)
5. Max Gawn (Melbourne)
6. Zach Merrett ( Essendon)
7. Jack Billings ( St Kilda)
8. Rory Laird ( Adelaide)
9. Luke Parker ( Sydney)
10. Luke Breust ( Hawthorn)
Check out the full list of 140 free agents below!
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Scott Pendlebury of the Magpies celebrates during the 2019 AFL round 21 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 10, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 22: Joel Selwood of the Cats celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL round 01 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 22, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos)
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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 19: Robbie Gray of Port Adelaide celebrates kicking the match winning goal during the round 7 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Port Adelaide Power at The Gabba on July 19, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
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