The delisted free agency period is underway and nearing the deadline for its first window, with done deals, pending moves and players turning toward lower leagues for next season.
While some players are sure to gain a reprieve either through the delisted free agency window, many remain facing an unclear future at the top flight.
We look at the state of play that surrounds those that have departed the AFL this off-season.
Four players found new homes across the opening thee days of the delisted free agency period.
Jarrod Brander (GWS), Sam Skinner (Port Adelaide), Tom Campbell (St Kilda) and Tyson Stengle (Geelong) have all gained lifelines for next season, with Stengle signing a two-year deal with the Cats.
Campbell is set to aid the Saints' ruck stocks, while Brander and Skinner will offer their new clubs plenty of versatility.
Set for new homes
Axed Carlton forward Levi Casboult is destined to find a new home either via the delisted free agency period or at the Rookie Draft on November 26, with the Suns planning to sign the veteran tall should no rival come swooping ahead of next week's deadline.
Former Crow Tom Lynch is set to join North Melbourne in a coaching capacity, however there is potential for the veteran forward to be signed to the Kangaroos' playing list.
Former Roos Trent Dumont firms as the best player not to be offered a new deal for 2022, having culminated a prolific career across his seven seasons with North Melbourne.
A South Australian native, Dumont has confirmed talks with both the Power and Crows, along with other clubs interstate.
Axed Hawk Oliver Hanrahan has gained plenty of interest elsewhere throughout 2021, with the Cats, Suns, Saints and Giants all having been linked to the goalsneak.
With Geelong having signed Stengle, Hanrahan's potential reprieve could come at Moorabin or interstate.
Former Demon utility Jay Lockhart has also been linked to Greater Western Sydney.
After not being offered a new deal by Essendon, defensive-midfielder Dylan Clarke is set to continue training with the Bombers and could be re-selected at Tullamarine via next year's Supplementary Selection Period.
Delisted St Kilda forward Jack Lonie, discarded Cats midfielder Charlie Constable and former Port Adelaide defender Jarrod Lienert firm as some of the best names still available.
Former Bomber David Zaharakis has opted to return to the NFNL following his departure from Tullamarine, signing with local side Bundoora.
After being moved on from Alberton Oval, former Port Adelaide midfielder Hamish Hartlett has returned to his former SANFL club West Adelaide, with delisted Swans defender Kaiden Brand having also signed with the Bloods for 2022.
Ex-Saint Oscar Clavarino has also ventured to South Australia, joining South Adelaide for next season following Sam Skinner's departure from the Panthers.
Journeyman Dom Tyson is set to remain at Arden Street for next season after being delisted from the Kangaroos' senior side. Tyson will take on a player-coach position with North Melbourne's VFL side.
Eagles trio Brayden Ainsworth (Perth), Jarrod Cameron (Swan Districts) and Brendon Ah Chee (South Fremantle) have linked up with WAFL sides for next season.
Former Hawks backman Michael Hartley is also understood to have made a move back to the Holden Centre in joining Collingwood's VFL side.