The 2022 AFL free agency window is open, with the signing period running until 5:00pm (AEST) on Friday, October 7 and set to see a number of star names swap clubs with little resistance.

The introduction of free agency has allowed a bevy of high-profile players to find new homes, with Lance Franklin, Jeremy Cameron, Tom Lynch and Eddie Betts among those that have used their rights as a free agent over the years.

2022 is shaping as a sizeable off-season in the AFL for both trade and free agency, with the latter lever set to see several stars make the switch before we reach the delisted free agency period for further signings.

30 free agents are still unlisted for next season, while five off-contract names are set to see the market shift in the next week.

We take a look at the names set to headline the free agency period for this year and the names that remain unsigned for 2023.

2. Dan McStay

The Lions forward is seen destined to join Collingwood through free agency, having already confirmed his intentions to return to his home state of Victoria after nine seasons with Brisbane.

McStay will immediately become the Magpies' first-string forward, headlining a balanced attack under Craig McRae as he works alongside the likes of Brody Mihocek, Ash Johnson, Jamie Elliott, Jack Ginnivan and Beau McCreery.

The 27-year-old is tipped to join the Victorian powerhouse on a substantial deal, reported to be in the vicinity of $3 million over five seasons.

McStay has played 161 games for the Lions or a return of 138 games after being utilised through periods of his career in the backline. He's shown an ability to pinch-hit in the ruck, which may be required for Collingwood in the years to come.

Following a preliminary final finish, Collingwood will add a formidable forward option the club has been looking to fill for years after seeing Mihocek, Jordan De Goey, Alex Fasolo and Jamie Elliott claim the club's goalkicking awards since Travis Cloke's last spot atop the mantle.

McStay's arrival may come at a cost however, with young forward Ollie Henry potentially pushed out of McRae's squad.

Brisbane are expected to receive compensation in the second round of the draft for the loss of McStay.