MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 28: Jason Castagna of the Tigers and Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers (right) celebrate during the 2018 AFL round 19 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 28, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)
The AFL has released it's latest list of free agents for 2021, and with it comes the news of renewed deals for a couple of league stars.
As revealed through
AFL.com, Brisbane midfielder Jarryd Lyons and Richmond veteran Jack Riewoldt have secretly inked new deals from next year.
Lyons has been instrumental in his side's premiership contention and has thrived this season with and without the aid of reigning Brownlow medallist and teammate
Lachie Neale by his side in midfield.
ROARING LYONS: The AFL's unheralded star
The 28-year-old, currently at his third AFL club, has shot into All-Australian discussions given his elite numbers in 2021, averaging 27.75 disposals, 5.5 tackles, 6.42 clearances and 14.17 contested possessions per game.
2021 SEASON AVG
It is understood that Lyons has triggered a clause in his contract to further his stay with
Brisbane and add to his 147 career games.
Riewoldt joins Lyons in being taken off the free agency list, signing a new one-year deal with
Richmond to remain at Punt Road for 2022.
That extra term will be the key forward's 15th season at Punt Road after being drafted in 2006.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 15: Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers celebrates after scoring a goal during the round five AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Richmond Tigers at Marvel Stadium on April 15, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Now a three-time premiership player and triple Coleman medallist, Riewoldt will extend his decorated career as the Tigers remain well within the premiership frame.
Riewoldt and Lyons now depart an extensive list of stars who are currently unsigned past this season.
Zach Merrett, Blues captain Patrick Cripps and Giants midfielder Josh Kelly headline a short crop of restricted free agents, with the likes of Jack Billings, Matt Crouch and George Hewett rounding out the category.
Geelong defender Jake Kolodjashnij was among the aforementioned half-dozen before inking a new deal with the Cats earlier this week.
Restricted Free Agents:
Unrestricted Free Agents:
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 04: Scott Pendlebury of the Magpies kicks the ball during the round 15 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at The Gabba on September 04, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jono Searle/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)
GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 12: Cameron Guthrie of the Cats celebrates a goal during the 2017 AFL round 21 match between the Geelong Cats and the Richmond Tigers at Simonds Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: David Swallow of the Suns and Shaun Burgoyne of the Hawks during the 2019 AFL round 22 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Gold Coast Suns at Marvel Stadium on August 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 30: Robbie Gray of the Power celebrates kicking a goal during the round 15 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Port Adelaide Power at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 30, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: Luke Parker of the Swans kicks at goal during the round 22 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Sydney Swans at Spotless Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Brendon Ah Chee*^
* Previously delisted
^ Previously qualified as Free Agent