Through the likes of the trade and free agency periods, 34 players found new homes ahead of the 2024 season.

Of those who traded in for new club colours, four are yet to debut for their new club: Tom Doedee (Brisbane), Tom Fullarton (Melbourne), Joel Hamling (Sydney) and Matthew Flynn (West Coast).

Essendon, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and Sydney were the most active in the off-season, bringing a quartet of players into their respective clubs.

Melbourne and North Melbourne brought in three while Fremantle, Geelong, Gold Coast and GWS went to the draft instead.

Nearing the halfway mark of the 2024 season, it begs the question, which recruit has had the most impact?

Is it Ben McKay in defence for the Bombers, who currently sit second on the AFL ladder?

Has the acquisition of Brodie Grundy catapulted the Swans to the premiership that has eluded the club in 2014, 2016 and 2022?

Or is the controversial Jack Ginnivan tormenting Collingwood for their decision to let him walk to Hawthorn?

We take a look at the Top 5 recruits of 2024.

Notable mentions: Elijah Hollands (Carlton), Esava Ratugolea (Port Adelaide)

Your club's 2023 trade & free agency recruits

Adelaide: Chris Burgess
Brisbane: Tom Doedee
Carlton: Elijah Hollands
Collingwood: Lachie Schultz
Essendon: Xavier Duursma, Jade Gresham, Todd Goldstein, Ben McKay
Fremantle: None
Geelong: None
Gold Coast: None
Greater Western Sydney: None
Hawthorn: Jack Ginnivan, Jack Gunston, Mabior Chol, Massimo D'Ambrosio
Melbourne: Shane McAdam, Jack Billings, Tom Fullarton
North Melbourne: Zac Fisher, Bigoa Nyuon, Dylan Stephens
Port Adelaide: Esava Ratugolea, Ivan Soldo, Jordon Sweet, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher
Richmond: Jacob Koschitzke
St Kilda: Paddy Dow, Liam Henry
Sydney: Taylor Adams, Brodie Grundy, Joel Hamling, James Jordon
West Coast: Tyler Brockman, Matt Flynn
Western BulldogsNick Coffield, James Harmes

4. Jack Ginnivan (Hawthorn)

The controversial Jack Ginnivan has always found himself at the centre of attention.

However, his time at Hawthorn has shown the AFL world that he's more than the free-kick-instigating, blond-hair rascal that he was tagged with at Collingwood.

Playing further up the field, Ginnivan's game nous is a lot more developed than his suggested age, while his goal-finding ability is impressive.

The premiership Pie has increased his contested possession rate, indicating his ability to find himself in the right position while also finding space to be an outlet for teammates.

Ginnivan is still ticking the scoreboard over with a goal a game as he has increased his involvement to 4.8, a career-best return.

Pressure has increased from the 21-year-old, laying 2.5 tackles a game while also recording 15.4 pressure acts week-to-week.