With the regular season run and done, there are currently 10 playing lists kicking back on a banana lounge somewhere.
Following this weekend’s pair of elimination finals, they are set to be joined by a further two teams.
Although these players are enjoying some well-deserved rest and relaxation, the same cannot be said for their club’s list management teams.
In an off-season that looks set to bring forth cuts to the salary cap and list sizes, as well as an obvious ambiguity surrounding this year’s draft class, said surveyors of talent have their work cut out for them.
These three pitfalls may lead clubs toward identifying and selecting known talent rather than hypothesising over the ceilings of untested teenagers.
Should this be the case, the collection of names on this list are almost certainly on the whiteboards of list management war rooms the nation over.
Below we have predicted the landing spots for 10 of the biggest out-of-contract stars.
2. Darcy Moore
Status – Non-Free Agent
Verdict – Re-signs with Collingwood
Rest easy, Pies fans. We can’t see Darcy Moore going anywhere.
It is clear as crystal that the son of a gun loves his current environment, both on and off the field. His inaugural All Australian blazer this season is testament to this.
ICYMI: Taylor Adams and Darcy Moore have both been named in the 2020 All Australian team.
— Collingwood FC (@CollingwoodFC) September 25, 2020
Moore’s high marking ability, sound footy IQ and fledgling leadership potential make him a near top priority for retention.
With the ability to play both up forward and down back, expect Eddie and the black and white brass to table a significant offer for the 24-year-old interceptor.