Jordan De Goey during the 2022 AFL Round 1 match between St Kilda and Collingwood (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media)
The AFL officially announced the full list of 2022 free agents and each player's request band on Wednesday, with a fleet of key defenders graded as restricted prospects ahead of this year's trade period.
While still serving their respective deals at clubs across the nation, defensive trio
Alex Pearce ( Fremantle), Darcy Gardiner ( Brisbane) and James Sicily ( Hawthorn) have been categorised by the governing body as restricted free agents.
They are joined by the likes of
Kane Lambert, Lance Franklin, Angus Brayshaw and controversial Magpie Jordan De Goey.
The marker laid down to meet the league's metric remains that a restricted free agent (RFA) must be in either their eighth or ninth season at their respective club, and must also be in their club's top 25% of earners.
Should a player have served a decade or more at a singular club, or is in their eighth or ninth season but falls outside the club's the top 25% of earners, they are eligible to be deemed as an unrestricted free agent (UFA).
According to league law which was drawn upon commencing the list management strategy at the end of the 2012 AFL season, rival clubs are able to make bids for RFAs - however, their current club is able to match these attempts to pry their stars loose.
FULL LIST OF 2022 FREE AGENTS
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
Brisbane: Darcy Gardiner
Collingwood: Jordan De Goey
Essendon: Kyle Langford
Fremantle: Alex Pearce
Hawthorn: James Sicily
Melbourne: Angus Brayshaw
Richmond: Kane Lambert
Sydney: Lance Franklin
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
Jamie Elliott during the 2022 AFL Round 1 match between St Kilda and Collingwood (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media)
Matt De Boer
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 16: Matt de Boer of the Giants celebrates during the 2017 AFL First Semi Final match between the GWS Giants and the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Karl Amon of the Power kicks the ball during the round six AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the St Kilda Saints at Adelaide Oval on April 25, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 09: Paddy McCartin of the Swans looks upfield as he prepares to kickduring the round four AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Sydney Cricket Ground on April 09, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)